Thursday, October 08, 2009
THE PERFECT SACRIFICE
Christ our Surety, in the covenant of grace, became legally accountable for the sin-debt of all those given to Him by the Father, and on the cross the sinless One "gave Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor" (Ephesians 5:2).
"For such an High Priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for His own sins, and then for the people’s: for this He did once, when He offered up Himself."
The reason that all of the animals offered on Jewish altars were required to be "without blemish" (Leviticus 1:3).
was because they prefigured the perfect Sacrifice. It was Christ’s divine purity that made His death satisfying to infinite justice. Though the Father "laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6), yet the Savior remained, in His Person, untainted with our wickedness. He was, therefore, the acceptable sacrifice to God. Christ bore our load of guilt away, casting it into the sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:19), so that the Father says, "their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews 10:17).
The perfect Sacrifice satisfied divine justice when He died and "brought in everlasting righteousness" for all His people.
By Jim Byrd