There are a lot of products out there that advertise as a “one size fits all.” All in one soap and shampoo, a multi-tool that will be the last tool you will ever need, and an energy bar with all the nutrients you need to fuel your body. The problem is that these products are over-promised and under-deliver. When the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus offered one sacrifice for all, it means that his death on the cross was more than enough for everyone’s forgiveness.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
One sacrifice did it all of our sins. That is all that is necessary. Christ’s atoning work on the cross satisfied God’s wrath and removed the penalty of death from us. There is nothing else we can do or have to do to get right with God. Christ’s work on the cross did it all.
Stop Beating Yourself Up
One sacrifice paid the debt. Our belief in that sacrifice has made us perfect for eternity. We are not perfect now, but one day we will be. Right now, we are being made Holy, called “being sanctified.” Stop beating yourself up over your sin. Don’t get me wrong. Your sin is wrong and needs to be forgiven, but Christ has paid the price for it. We can’t do anything to remove it on our own. It is removed when we realize that we are sinners in need of a savior and come humbly before the throne seeking his forgiveness.
One sacrifice satisfied. Christ offered the only thing that would satisfy his Father, his own life. That single sacrifice not only made us right with God but also brought reward for Him. After his ascension, he sat at his Father’s right hand and now waits till his enemies will be made his footstool. One day every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil 2:9-11). Thank him today for the work that he has done in your life and for what is still yet to come.