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Once For All

March 28, 2016

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Once  For All

In the Old Testament times,  the Jews  were required  to make many sacrifices  at the Temple,  to pay for their sins.     God forgave their sins,  every time  they sacrificed  with repentant hearts.     But,  the problem was  that we are all born  in sin.     So,  the people would find themselves sinning again  and again  —  and needing  to make  more sacrifices  at the Temple.

Things changed  when our Savior Jesus came.     Hebrews 9:11-12 says,

But  when Christ appeared  as a high priest  of the good things  to come,  He entered  through the greater  and more perfect tabernacle,  not made with hands,  that is to say,  not of this creation;  and not  through the blood  of goats  and calves,  but through His own blood,  He entered  the holy place  once  for all,  having obtained eternal redemption.

Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross  was made  “once  for all”.     Jesus is  the ultimate sacrifice  for sin  for everyone.     Because Jesus  is sinless,  His sacrifice  has the power  to forgive everyone  who asks  for forgiveness.     Animal sacrifices are  no longer acceptable,  because of Jesus.     And,  God knows how  to keep  His people  from sinning  by making unnecessary sacrifices.

Before Jesus died,  His disciples were admiring  the beautiful Temple  in Jerusalem.     But  Jesus told them  in Mark 13:2,

Do you see these great buildings?     Not one stone  will be left  upon another  which will not be  torn down.

God allowed the Temple  to be totally destroyed  in 70 A.D.,  according to Jesus’ prophecy.     The Jews  have never been able  to rebuild  the Temple,  so they are unable  to make the proper sacrifices  for their sins.     Only sacrifices  in the Temple were valid  for forgiveness,  so the Jews have been unable  to make sacrifices  for their sins  for around 2,000 years now.

God wants them  to accept Jesus’ sacrifice  for the forgiveness  of their sins.     Jesus died  “once  for all”  —  and that includes everybody  on earth  for all time.

Ever so glad  that Jesus died  “once  for all”  to pay  for our sins,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for setting us free  from the power  of our sins.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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