Only the sacrifice of Jesus can take away sins. In today’s first reading from Hebrews, the author makes certain that we understand that the sacrifices offered by the high priests of the Jewish people were performed in vain. It is only through faith in the redemptive power of the death and resurrection of Jesus that we can hope for eternal life. Do we live in the humility of Christ, or do we strive to prove that we are good enough, worthy enough to obtain everlasting life?
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering he has made perfect forever
those who are being consecrated.
The only act necessary for our salvation was completed nearly two thousand years ago. Nothing we do will add to it or subtract from it.
Graciously accept God’s promise fulfilled!