But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
From the outset, this may not seem like much for us as Christians. But it really is. The children of Israel could not speak directly to God to have their sins forgiven. Rather, several times every year, they brought their sacrifices and offerings to the high priests for them to be sacrificed. And, even then, their sins were not forgiven. Redemption would only come through Jesus Christ many years later.
With the death and resurrection of Jesus and the introduction of the New Covenant, we have been empowered and have the freedom to do so many more things than did the people living under the Old Covenant of Moses. But do we take full advantage of these things?
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Again, this poem and sermonette were written nearly 20 years ago; it is the 19th in the Yahweh series with just 3 to go. I'm eager to wrap up this series so will be sharing the rest of them fairly quickly. The final one might be the best of the bunch.
Kinda funny that I was "preaching" about the end of the Jewish daily sacrifices two decades ago and I'm still at it — as recent as last year's Christmas poem, Agnus Dei, as well as the one written last Easter, The Final Sacrifice.
God of Freedom
I am the God of freedom —
Abolishing old rules:
No longer must you back your trust
With blood of goats and bulls.
The saving blood of Jesus
Has, once for all, been shed.
One sacrifice that paid the price
For all the sins ahead.
But, offer Me your praises,
Do good things, as you should;
And share, indeed, with those in need —
Such sacrifice is good.
I am the God of freedom —
Where liberty begins;
No longer shall high priests use fowl
And beasts to purge your sins.
Yet, could they ever purge them?
For sin — man can’t erase.
Throughout the year, they met Me here
Within this holy place.
But, you can meet Me daily
As they could not before.
When you confess your sinfulness,
I’ll keep your sin no more.