Your sacrifice for me is beyond my comprehension. I do not fully grasp the magnitude of the gift, and it’s hard to picture the scene of your death: the extreme agony of it. Blood. Impossible pain. Separation. Mockery.
My mind travels even further back, to animal sacrifice. Slaying life, perfect life, by my own hands. Driven by guilt. Burning, the stench. Gore. Death. And this, day after day. Never ending: the drive to compensate steadily overwhelming. No animal’s death could be once-for-all.
I can’t imagine any of it. And yet, here I am: free and forgiven. By no work or understanding or right of my own. I’ve done nothing but sin and receive! I’ve forgotten the magnitude of the cross: growing up with it as a simple truth, just the way things are- never realizing the way things could have been. If you hadn’t come. If I didn’t know. If I had to justify myself. Father, help me see. This gift is so far beyond me.
Here are a few verses from Hebrews that inspired this blog post! I hope they bring you to extreme gratitude and joy, as they did for me:
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! -Hebrews 9:13-14
The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!