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The Holy Sacrifice for the Masses


Was Jesus' sacrificial death enough to pay for your sins or are there still some sacrifices that you must do to save yourself?

     I would like to call your attention to the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.   No doubt many of you are familiar with the accounts surrounding this historic event and have watched as it was dramatized on your television screen.   However, it is unfortunate that, because of religious training, many of you have been deceived and confused as to the purpose and fulfillment of Jesus' sacrificial death.
     The Bible says that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." (I Tim. 2:13)   Even before He was born, the angel announced to Joseph: "thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matt. 1:21)   At the beginning of His public ministry, John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and exclaimed: "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29)   John was comparing Jesus with the sacrificial lambs which were offered up as atonement (payment) for sins in the Old Testament.   However, those sacrifices were only pictures pointing to the real sacrificial Lamb.   Look at how the Holy Spirit explains it in the book of Hebrews, chapter ten: "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect... But this man (Jesus), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God." (Heb.10.1,12)
     As we consider this, let's look at three important things about this HOLY SACRIFICE FOR THE MASSES.
     FIRST - It was a HOLY sacrifice.
     It had to be holy because God is holy.   God would not accept a sacrifice that was tainted by sin.   Jesus was the only person who ever lived on earth that could qualify for this sacrifice because he was sinless.   He was the only one who didn't need a Saviour!  Even His own mother was glad to have someone to save her from her sins: "My spirit hath rejoiced in God MY Saviour." (Luke 1:47)   Jesus is God the Saviour!   "Look unto me, and BE YE SAVED, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." (Isa. 45.22)
     Listen, JESUS DID NOT COME INTO THE WORLD TO TEACH US HOW TO SAVE OURSELVES! (This would be like a lifeguard that dove into the water for a drowning man, but instead of saving him he tried to give him swimming lessons.)   JESUS CAME TO BE OUR SAVIOUR by offering Himself as the sinless, holy sacrifice for our sins.   He was as "a lamb without blemish and without spot." (I Pet. 1:19)
     SECOND - This sacrifice was not only holy; it was ENOUGH!
     Just before Jesus died on that cross at Calvary some nineteen hundred years ago, He said: "It is finished" (John 19:30).   There is no need for any more sacrifices for sins, whether they are bloody or "unbloody".   "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; NOR YET THAT HE SHOULD OFFER HIMSELF OFTEN, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: BUT NOW ONCE IN THE END OF THE WORLD HATH HE APPEARED TO PUT AWAY SIN BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF." (Heb. 9:24-26)
     Christ's sacrifice on Calvary was perfect and complete!   YOU CAN'T IMPROVE ON PERFECTION OR ADD TO COMPLETION!   No real Christian who believes the Bible would want to continue to participate in a ritual or ceremony with a church which claims to repeat or continue His sacrifice.   To do so would actually be a denial of the perfect, finished work of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
     THIRD - This holy sacrifice was for the MASSES.
     By this we mean that it was made available for the masses of humanity everywhere on this earth.   "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
     Jesus did not die for just a certain select few.   He died for everyone.   However, the benefits of His death can only be applied to those who put complete faith in Him as their personal Saviour.   It is just as if Jesus wrote out a check for eternal life to everyone in the world; only each individual must endorse it with their personal "faith" in His "one, holy sacrifice" to receive it.   "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
     How about you?   Have you trusted on that "one, holy sacrifice" for remission of your sins and the promise of everlasting life?
     If not, you can do so today and have the wonderful peace of knowing that YOU will go to Heaven when you die.   "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. 5:1)

 
 
 
 
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