Day 34: Saturday, 4 April – Nisan 10 5780
Christ did not have to offer himself many times. He wasn't like a high priest who goes into the most holy place each year to offer the blood of an animal. If he had offered himself every year, he would have suffered many times since the creation of the world.
But instead, near the end of time he offered himself once and for all, so that he could be a sacrifice that does away with sin. We die only once, and then we are judged. So Christ died only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him.
It is one of the most difficult things to believe, for new and established Christians alike, that Christ offered one sacrifice of himself for our sins. If we think that we should on our part make some penance or payment for our sin then we have failed to understand the eternal truth that Christ’s offering of himself was a perfect and complete sacrifice. It happened at a single point in history but it serves for all eternity.
When Christ died, sin was pronounced dead. In Christ I am dead to sin – it has no power over me. Don’t think that it’s because I have some special higher-level power or relationship with God not open to others. Don’t think that you are somehow not worthy to receive this precious gift, because if you do you have failed to understand the eternal truth that in Christ we are free from sin.
Perhaps you think that sin is here to have mastery over us and we are still subject to it. We are not. Why then, you may ask, do people still fall into sin? Christ died for our sins – that’s an end to it. They were paid for, both in arrears and in advance. When we come to Christ in repentance for our sins then we may receive forgiveness as a gift. But we do not have to sin! If we think that sin will always get the better of us then we have failed to understand the eternal truth that in Christ we are free from sin.
Being in Christ means we are safe. When we abide in him, by inviting him into every aspect of our lives and by entering into his life in us, we in him and he in us, then all Satan sees is Jesus. Demons flee.
Do you believe that you are dead to sin, or that sin has some hold on your life? If the latter, how will you get this sorted?
Where do you stand in relation to Christ – in him, or outside of him? If the latter, then I already know your answer to the first question, and perhaps you should speak to someone about it?
Father God, in Jesus I am free from sin. Outside Jesus I am not. Like Peter, failing on the water, I cry, Help me Lord. Amen.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.