One Sacrifice For Sins For Ever

Posted by on Nov 4, 2007

By Pastor Mike Withem

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

November 4, 2007

Sunday Morning

“One Sacrifice For Sins For Ever”

 

Scripture Text: Hebrews 10:1-18

Introduction:

 

A.   As we continue our study this morning of the epistle to the Hebrews, we notice that the writer continues to put forth the same theme (hammer the same truth) over and over again, and that is the truth that the Old Testament sacrificial system of worship, as vital as it was, could not make its worshipers “perfect” (spiritually complete before God).

1. Even though the priests were busy all day long, from dawn to sunset, slaughtering and sacrificing animals, the blood from those animals could not “take away sins.”

2. It is estimated that when the Jews celebrated Passover, as many as three hundred thousand lambs would be slain within a week.

3. The slaughter would be so massive, that blood would run out of the temple grounds through specially prepared channels (ditches) into the Brook Kidron, which would appear to be running with blood.

4. However, no matter how many how many sacrifices were made or how much blood was shed, the blood of those animals could not “take away sins.”

 

B.   Notice again Vrs. 1-4 of our text, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect….For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins….But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year….For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”

 

C.   Now this raises a question.

1. If the blood of the animals that were slaughtered did not take away Israel’s sins, why then were they killed (what purpose was served by the shedding of their blood)?

2. The answer is found in the first part of Vrs. 1 of our text, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come.”

3. Those animals were a “shadow” (picture) of Israel’s coming Messiah, and the one sacrifice that He would one day make for their sins.

4. Notice again Vrs. 11-12 of our text, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:…But this man (Jesus), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

5. And so, the animals that were slaughtered were a picture of Christ, and the blood of those animals was a picture of the one sacrifice that Christ made on the cross, not only for Israel’s sins, but for the sins of the whole world.

6. I am reminded of what John the Baptist said one day as he saw Jesus approaching, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world..” (John 1:29)

 

D.   Now the rest of our text, this morning, focuses its attention on this one sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for our sins, and reveals to us at least five things that are true about this sacrifice. First of all, it…

 

I.       Reflected The Will Of God.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 5-9 of our text, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:… In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure….Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God….Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;…Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

1. These verses contain a quote from Psa. 40:6-8.

2. Without taking the time to look at that passage, notice that twice here we read the words, “I come to do thy will, O God.”

3. This should remind us of our Lord’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before He went to the cross.

4. Listen as I read part of His prayer, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Mat. 26:39)

5. Jesus went on to pray, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” (Mat. 26:42)

6. From this prayer it is quite evident that it was His Father’s will for Jesus to offer Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins.

 

B.   Not only was it the Father’s will for Jesus to come and die, but it was also the Son’s will.

1. In fact, Jesus’ supreme mission while on this earth was to do His Father’s will.

2. Over and over again in the Gospels, Jesus speaks of having come to do His Father’s will.

3. For example, Jesus said in John 5:30, “I can of mine own self do nothing:…because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

4. Listen also to what Jesus said in John 8:29, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

5. And so, not only was it the Father’s will for Jesus to come and die for our sins, but it was also the Son’s will.

 

C.   But someone says, “Wait a minute. Jesus didn’t have any choice. When Jesus was arrested, they took Him by force!”

1. I know it appears that way, but the fact is, they could not have taken Him, had He not wanted to go.

2. And they could not have crucified Him, had He not wanted to be crucified!

3. Do you remember what Jesus said in John 10:17-18? He said, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again….No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.”

4. In other words, “I lay it down of my own free will!”

5. Do you remember what Jesus told Peter, when Peter drew a sword and tried to prevent Jesus from being arrested? He said, “Put up again thy sword into his place:…Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mat. 26:52-53)

 

D.   And so, first of all, our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross reflected the will of God. Notice, also, that it…

 

II.      Sanctified The People Of God.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 10 of our text, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

1. While the word “sanctified” here literally means “set apart unto God,” it implies a certain state of holiness.

2. Not practical holiness, but rather positional holiness, the holiness that every believer has because of his position “in Christ.”

3. Paul spoke of this positional holiness 2 Cor. 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

4. Paul put it like this in 1 Cor. 1:30, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

5. This is something that the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament could never do, they could never make those who offered them righteous before God.

 

B .  By the way, those of us who have been made positionally holy by virtue of our faith in Christ, have a responsibility to attain a certain degree of practical holiness.

1. Listen to Paul’s words recorded in Col. 3:5,7-8, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:…In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them….But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

2. If you are saved, this morning, you are a saint, by virtue of your faith in Christ.

3. But let me ask you a question, “How saintly a saint are you? How much practical holiness have you attained since you became a Christian?”

 

C.   And so, secondly, our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross sanctified the people of God. Notice also that it…

 

III.    Defeated The Enemy Of God.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 13 of our text, “From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”

 

B.   In Gen. 3:15, we find the prophecy of the coming of Christ in the Bible.

1. Adam and Eve had just sinned.

2. God was speaking to the serpent (devil) when He made this prediction, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

3. The “seed” of “the woman,” of course, is a reference to the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus.

4. God told the devil, “While you may bruise His heel, He will one day crush your head!”

5. This is undoubtedly a prophecy concerning Christ’s final and complete victory over Satan.

6. When did this victory take place?

7. It took place when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and then three days later rose from the dead.

 

C.   But someone says, “Wait a minute. This cannot be true. Satan is still very much alive and well and busy doing his work in the world today. How can he be defeated?”

1. (Illus.- Let me illustrate. During World War II, there came a time when, for all practical purposes, Hitler was defeated. However, rather than surrendering, he, being the madman that he was, chose to “fight on.” And “fight on” he did, to the very end!)

2. Well, the same thing is true concerning Satan.

3. He knows that he has been defeated.

4. He knows that there is no way he can win.

5. He knows that his end is coming one day soon.

6. Yet he continues to fight on!

 

D.   When will Satan’s final blow come?

1. It will come at the end of the millennium.

2. Listen as I read from Rev. 20:7-10, “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,…And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea….And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them….And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

E.   And so, thirdly, our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross defeated the enemy of God. Notice also that it…

 

IV.    Perfected The Saints Of God.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 14 of our text, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

 

B.   When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in His garden, they were perfect.

1. Not only were they perfect, but everything around them was perfect.

2. The garden was perfect.

3. The whole world was perfect.

4. Everything in the whole world was perfect.

5. However, when Adam sinned, God’s perfect creation, including Adam himself, was marred by sin.

6. Of course, the consequences of Adam’s sin was then passed on to all of his descendants, which includes us.

7. The Bible says in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

 

C.   However, even though the disobedience of one man (Adam) destroyed God’s perfect creation, the obedience of one man (Jesus) has restored God’s creation, including man, to it’s original perfect form.

1. Paul put it like this in Rom. 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

2. Adam destroyed it, but Jesus restored it.

 

D.   But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor. Jesus hasn’t restored it yet. This world is still plagued with sin and so are we!”

1. That’s true, however, because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, our future restoration is guaranteed!

2. As far as God is concerned, it is already done!

3. Listen to Phil. 3:20-21, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:…Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

4. The apostle John put it like this in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

 

E.   And so, fourthly, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross perfected the saints of God. Notice, finally, that it also…

 

V.      Fulfilled The Promise Of God.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 15-18 of our text, “Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,…This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;…And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more….Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

 

B.   What covenant (promise) is the writer of Hebrews talking about here?

1. Turn with me to Jer. 31:31-34, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:…Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:…But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people….And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

2. Notice again the last part of that promise, “…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

3. Now in order for God to keep that promise, there had to be a real (effective) sacrifice for man’s sins (something better than the animal sacrifices that were associated with the old covenant).

4. Of course, Jesus provided that sacrifice when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.

 

C.   And so, finally, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross fulfilled God’s promise.

 

Conclusion:

 

A.   Do you see now why Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was so much better than the animal sacrifices that were offered in the Old Testament?

1. Other than pointing Israel to Christ, those animal sacrifices accomplished nothing.

2. However, Christ’s sacrifice accomplished much.

3. It reflected the will of God.

4. It sanctified the people of God.

5. It defeated the enemy of God.

6. It perfected the saints of God.

7. It fulfilled the promise of God.

 

B.   May I ask you a personal question?

1. Have you trusted in Christ’s sacrifice to save you from your sins?

2. Even though His sacrifice accomplished so much, that will not benefit you one bit unless you place all of your faith and trust in what Christ did for you.

3. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, (God loves you) that he gave his only begotten Son, (on the cross) that whosoever believeth in him (his sacrifice) should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

C.   (Prayer & Invitation)