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Christ's Sacrifice

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The Need For a Better Sacrifice (1-4)

RS: Sin, of course, is man’s greatest problem. No matter what kind of religion a man has, if it cannot deal with sin, it is of no value. By nature, man is a sinner; and by choice, he proves that his nature is sinful. It has well been said, “We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.”
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 313). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

The Need For a Better Sacrifice (1-4)

Hebrews 10:1–4 ESV
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
EX: Religious Action couldn’t save
The Hebrews had kept the law
The offered the required sacrifices and added extra protecitons
In spite of their activity, they couldn’t be made perfect
It wasn’t sufficient
It had to repeated because they kept sinning
They were reminded year by year o their sin nature
That was the point of the sacrifice
The blood of animals never could and never will be able to take away sin.
AP: Our religious works are not adequate
We have many modern traditions of worship
Even though we may do them fervently and repeatedly, they are likewise inadequate to redeem us.

The Provision of the Better Sacrifice (5-9)

Hebrews 10:5–9 ESV
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’ ” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.
EX: God prepared a better sacrifice
Jesus’ body was prepared by the Father
We just celebrated the Advent
HE came as God with us
John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
HE became flesh so that He could die on our behalf.
The incarnation of Christ is a BIG deal

The Effectiveness of the Better Sacrifice (v. 10)

Hebrews 10:10 ESV
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
EX: Christ sanctifies once for all
It happened 1 time
He only had to come 1 time to deal with sin
He never has to repeat it
It is good for all
What Jesus did on the cross is good for all who believe and repent.
He satisfied God’s demands
He did all the work that is ever necessary to redeem fallen humanity
AP: There is no sacrifice which can compare
How arrogant it is of us to assume we could ever possibly earn God’s forgiveness.
All the good we do, can’t undo our sin.
We are constantly adding to our sin debt.
We cannot undo the bad we do.
He paid the price we could not pay.
Since we couldn’t pay for our sins, He paid for them.

The Finality of the Sacrifice (11-18)

Hebrews 10:11–18 ESV
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 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. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
There is no longer an offering for sin
He died and there is no need for more.
Now, He is in heaven
right hand of God
Awaiting time to come get us
Spirit bears witness with us
writes law on our heart.
writes law on our minds


Jesus died, once for all, the just for the unjust.
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