Strachan: Once For All

“What a miracle the incarnation of Jesus Christ is. Jesus took on human form. We could think about this truth for the rest of our lives and never exhaust its depths. Jesus, the very image of God and true Son, came to bring the promises of God to fulfillment. As the great High Priest, he brought to an end the sacrificial system that formerly guided the people of God. In this role, he offered the ultimate sacrifice for sin, bringing to an end the practice of slaughtering bulls and goats to signal the remission of iniquity.

Jesus will never leave this role. He is our eternal High Priest. God will never ‘remove’ this priest, nor will he ‘introduce any other’ in the age to come. The finality of Christ’s work leads us to rest in him. We need to obey the Lord, but we have no responsibility for adding to the finished work of Christ. Nothing hangs in the balance; no accounts remain open. God sent the perfect sacrifice for sin, and in so doing completed the line of priests with Christ.

We are left to marvel at the ‘perfection’ of this offering. We have freedom from guilt, from the need to justify ourselves, from the desire to look good in front of others. What more could we want? What more could anyone give us Jesus’ work is so final, so perfect and complere, that it suffices for all eternity. Jesus is the Temple (John 2:19). Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). Jesus is our great High Priest (Hebrews 7:25). All that remains for us to do in the wake of his coming is to savor Jesus and walk as he walked.”

When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12)

-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 209.

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