CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL: A QUICK REFLECTION ON YOM KIPPUR
In reflection on this Yom Kippur, I turned to Hebrews 10 to be reminded of the importance of this day. On the Jewish calendar, this is the most holy and sacred day; the day when the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the presence of God, YHVH dwelled. It was there that every year the blood of sacrificed animals was sprinkled and spread on the Arc of the Covenant that contained the law.
When God looked on the law, his vision passed through the blood and looked on perfect law broken by the people. But today I was reminded that Christ’s sacrifice was once and for all.
“Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins…for by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified…where there is forgiveness of sin, there is no longer any offering for sin.” (Heb 10:10-18)
We no longer have to sacrifice ourselves or others for access to and affection from God. We have seen God’s true image among us, Christ Jesus. Unlike any other (pseudo) faith, we have a God who sacrificed himself for us, rather than we sacrifice for it; a creator who came near to us, rather than we to it.
If we are in Christ, no amount striving to be “closer” to God is necessary or possible. We only need rest in what he has already accomplished, basking in His presence and walking with him as we did in the first garden.
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