One for freedom.

One sacrifice was enough.

But that’s hard for us to grasp. In stark contrast to the repetitive nature of sacrifice in the Old Testament, Christ died once for our sins. His one sacrifice was complete and brought an end to the issue of the sin nature. He did not die to make atonement for our specific actions, as the animal sacrifices did, but rather to deal with the root issue separating us from the Father.

As a result,

…we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus… Hebrews 10:19

We don’t have to be obsessed with our mistakes, which inhibits worship and intimacy. One of the reasons purified hearts are so important is so that we can really worship God.

Hebrews 9 gives us insight into the old system—humanity wrapped up in rituals of purification for food, drink and washing—external regulations that serve to highlight our inability to keep the Law. We’ve been given freedom, but we pull the Law into our lives, create ritualistic structure, and get comfortable with the rigor. He made us free so we could live freely and intimately connected to Him. Living from that place, we are able to relate to each other as Christ designed:

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works…” Hebrews 10:24

Stir each other up to love and good works. How many of our actions are designed to highlight others’ shortcomings rather than to inspire selfless living? If our our hearts are laser-focused on their own missteps instead of savoring the gift of Christ’s sacrifice, we walk down a twisted road that begins trying to justify our current state by comparing ourselves to others. We have to get this right. We are supposed to be living in freedom that inspires and provokes great works in the believers around us.

–TD

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