The Value of Christ’s Sacrifice

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. ~ Hebrews 10:14 (ESV)

READING: Hebrews 10:11-14

As a church planter I’ve had people confess terrible sins to me: murder of a child, the sexual abuse of a man’s own children, adultery. What hope is there for such people?

Meditate on today’s key verse. Think of those who are “being sanctified,” the saved throughout history, from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Try to imagine the massive volume and weight and height of their sins. Think of the stench of human wretchedness and rebellion, pride and debauchery, every commandment of God broken a myriad of times.

Every imaginable form of human sin is represented over and over, a festering, oozing mass of misery and transgression. What happened to pay this incalculably staggering debt to God’s justice?

How could God the Judge ever be just and still justify anyone? Yet Hebrews 10:14 says a single sacrifice did that – paid for it all. And not just a temporary reprieve, but “perfected for all time.”

How could this be true? It is true only because of the infinite worth of the offering. The precious blood of Jesus is a million times purer, a hundred million times more righteous than the multiplied mass of human unrighteousness.

That’s why our gospel proclaims “the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin” (I John 1:7). Our gospel is not based on God’s deciding to look the other way, to suspend His holiness to save sinners.

It is based on the incredible worth of a Savior whose death and resurrection paid the debt and provided for the eternal life of all who believe on Him. Oh, how blessed we are for such a Savior!

Lord Jesus, Thank You for saving me and for giving me a gospel to proclaim that is based on Your infinitely precious blood! Amen.

Jim Carpenter


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