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Hebrews 7:26-28
Tuesday, May 28 2013

Christ: The Perfect Sacrifice...

Christ did not simply sacrifice His life - He offered the perfect sacrifice:

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens. He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests, but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law, appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.  -Hebrews 7:26-28, NAB

When the Levitical high priests offered sacrifices to God, they had to offer sacrifices for their own sins, as well.  By being innocent and blameless, Christ did not have to sacrifice for any sins of His own.  His sacrifice was purely on our behalf.

As high priest, Jesus' sinlessness meant that the sacrificial offering did not need to be made over and over again.  It could be made just once, and its effects would last until the end of time.  The cross on Calvary was the last sacrifice mankind will ever need.

As the actual sacrifice, Jesus was greater than a spotless lamb, which was normally the greatest offering in devotion to God.  Sacrificing a lamb's purity was taken a step further by offering the holy, undefiled life of Christ Himself.

Christ was without human limitations.  His perfect life became the perfect sacrifice, and a cross, three nails, and a spear were the only tools needed to make it happen.

 

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