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Saturday, May 30
STOP THE SACRIFICING!
(Jesus Christ Is The End To All Penance)
👤 Pastor Chris
📖 TO THE BIBLE
Genesis 22:18 “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
◀️ LET’S TALK
In some parts of the world, there’re certain religions where people punish themselves for their sins; they whip themselves and lacerate their skin as penance for their sins. In some instances, the people are laid on a platform with protruding nails, piercing through their flesh with blood gushing out. They believe this would be enough payment for their sins. How sad! Oh, that the world would know Jesus and all that He accomplished for humanity!
Jesus ended all of such penance. In the Old Testament, every year, the priest had to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel; an animal had to be killed on behalf of the people. The priest will lay his hands on the animal and confess the sins of the nation upon it; this was a yearly routine. Think about that! But over in the New Testament, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was God’s spiritual Lamb and He didn’t just take the sins of Israel, but the sins of the whole world (John 1:29).
He was God’s perfect sacrifice that settled the problem of sin forever. Today, no one needs to kill any animal in atonement for sin. Hebrews 7:26-27 TLB says Jesus, “…is, therefore, exactly the kind of High Priest we need; for he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin, undefiled by sinners, and to him has been given the place of honor in heaven. He never needs the daily blood of animal sacrifices, as other priests did, to cover over first their own sins and then the sins of the people; for he finished all sacrifices, once and for all, when he sacrificed himself on the cross.”
The Bible says there remains no more sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26). You don’t need to go through self-torture or self-recrimination because of your sins; Jesus already paid the full penalty for the sins of all men. This is the message of the Gospel! Christ Jesus paid it all! God isn’t counting or holding your sins against you, because of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:19). Jesus already bore the punishment and consequences for all your sins. Therefore, serve Him with your life.
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🎯 Go Deeper
Isaiah 53:5-6; Hebrews 9:26-28
Dear Father, thank you for the Lamb of God that was slain for the sins of the whole world. And now, on the basis of Jesus’ glorious resurrection, I’ve received eternal life; I live in righteousness, victory, health, and all the blessings of Christ. Amen.
📚 Daily Bible Reading
John 15:1-17, 1 Chronicles 3-4
Mark 14:12-21, Numbers 33
Study 1 Corinthians 15:17 and Hebrews 9:26.