Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. | Hebrews 9:22-24
We live in the modern age. Technology galore! If I bring up the topic of sacrifices, you would think that is ancient history! We don’t sacrifice animals or spread blood on doorposts. What if I told you that you are in desperate need of a sacrifice? What if I told you that you need innocent blood shed on your behalf? Are you baffled yet? Let’s take a step back and analyze who, what, where, when, and why.
First off, I will talk about WHO. You, my fellow human being, are a sinner. We were born into this world with a sin nature that has been passed down to generations since Adam and Eve committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden. No matter how hard you try to be good, you somehow still catch yourself lying, cheating, swearing, or even thinking bad thoughts. It’s inescapable.
WHAT? Because we are born with this fatal disease called sin, you have been sentenced/diagnosed to live an existence separated from the heavenly Father who cannot even look upon you because He is SO incredibly holy! Not only is He holy, God is also just! He will deal with ALL the sins EVER committed in this universe by pouring out His wrath on the ones who committed sin.
WHERE? This one is really important! Stay with me folks! One night in a town called Bethlehem, a baby boy was born miraculously. Little did the world know that HE would grow up to die on the cross at Calvary! The story doesn’t end there though. Sure He died, but He rose again on the third day DEFEATING death and sin in a single blow. Now He sits on the right hand of God preparing a place for His redeemed people in Heaven!
WHEN? This is probably the most mind-boggling one for me. Before God created the foundations of the earth, He knew you and me by name. He knew that we would sin and need a Savior, and if you read the Old Testament His plan is clearly displayed as early as the book of Genesis! In the fullness of time, Jesus came down into world. The Eternal became Historical about 2,000 years ago!
WHY? For reasons that are beyond my comprehension, God loves you and me. He loves us SO much that He was willing to send His only begotten Son as the perfect sacrifice on OUR behalf! The Israelites tried to follow the Law by offering animal sacrifices, but it was temporary and insufficient. Jesus was the ONCE and PERFECT sacrifice who stepped in our place, took on the wrath that we deserved, and covered our sins with His blood.
Where does that leave us? Well, fortunately for all of us, the sacrifice has actually been made! Jesus offers salvation to all who believe in Him and His finished work on the cross. When God looks on you, He no longer sees your past self. He sees you covered in the blood of Jesus, made completely pure. Don’t wait a day longer to receive this free gift. There are no hidden fees! If you doubt me, then do your research, and seek Jesus. He will open the door to anyone who knocks. Your life will never be the same.