The Sacrifice of God-June 10, 2012
As we look at the Lord’s Supper table we see sacrifice. The writer of Hebrews is quick to remind us that there is a New Covenant in Christ. The law was only a shadow of what was meant to be and so each year the priests would return again and again to the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices. This served as a reminder of sin, year after year after year. If these sacrifices had been perfect they would not have needed to be done each year, and we would be cleansed of our sins, once and for all.
What is this were true? Or what if we lived like we believe it is? This is truly the good news of the gospel, that God does not delight in burnt offerings, but the body of the spotless lamb Christ was the ultimate sacrifice. Ultimate meaning that there would be no other or no other need for a sacrifice. There on the Cross Jesus declared it is finish, it is accomplished. He did not say, this will do for a little while.
It is this victory that we can claim each day in Christ. It is what we find here at this table of sacrifice. It is not to remind us of our sinfulness but the victory we have in Christ over sin. A reminder of the love of God to reach down through human history and to love us enough to allow His perfect Son to take our place, and it was more than enough. His grace is all-sufficient. There is no additional sacrifice that is required.
In Christ there is victory over and Christ waits at the right hand of the Father as one by one His enemies will be made a footstool for His feet. The last great enemy being death will be conquered. No fear only victory. During this time of the New Covenant, the law of God will be written on the hearts, and in the minds of those that believe. And He will remember our sins no more.
Paul states, in Galatians 2:20-21, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, the Christ died needlessly.”
We are free in Christ from sin and to come to this table of Christ and truly celebrate in remembering Him. WE ARE FORGIVEN IN CHRIST, ONCE AND FOR ALL.