Christ is The Perfect Sacrifice

Lt. General Sir William Dobbie (Dobbie of Malta) was Governor-General of Malta during the Second World War - at a time when the defense of Malta was at its darkest hour. Dobbie, a committed Christian, realized the weakness of his position and that God alone was “his pr … More

Weakness

The writer seeks to show the superiority of Christ by giving comparisons between:

 The Old Covenant         The New Covenant

Repeated sacrifices          One sacrifice

The blood of others         His own blood

Covering sin                    Putting away sin

For Israel only                 For all sinners

Left the holy of holies     Entered heaven

Could not produce perfection. For over fifteen hundred years the nation of Israel was under the law of the Ten Commandments, in addition to all the ceremonial laws and ordinances. Yet after all the years of struggling, laboring and toiling, not a single Israelite was ever saved by keeping the law. They had failed completely under the law. Then Jesus came and fulfilled the law. He paid its penalty, bore its curse and now offered salvation as a free gift without the deeds of the law. Christ has forgiven our past sin when He died on the cross, He sacrificed Himself once for all (v. 26); He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us deal with our present sin; He appears for us in heaven as our High Priest (v. 24) and He promises to return (v. 28) and raise us to eternal life in a world where sin will be no more.

Application

I must not have any confidence in the flesh, but surrender every area of my life to the grace of God.

Hebrews 9:23-28 (English Standard Version)

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. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

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