TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
HANDS DOWN THE BEST
23rd May 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Hebrews 10:14(TPT)
And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time!
There’s something remarkable in the passage in Hebrews that we read yesterday. Chapter 10 verse 11 tells us that the priests of the old covenant, under the law, would offer sacrifices repeatedly and yet these sacrifices could not take away sin or guilt. Can you magine that?
So when we say that under this new covenant, you have forgiveness of sins, you need to understand the significance of Jesus’s sacrifice that was offered once and yet guarantees you forgiveness forever.
Listen, the sacrifice of the old testament could never take away sins, it only covered. The offering of that animal only covered the sin of the individual who came with the sacrifice, for one year. And even though he’s been granted forgiveness for a year, he still leaves there guilty. So it doesn’t change his conscience. He still has the conscience of a sinner. Only the sacrifice of Jesus cleanses the conscience(Hebrews 9:13-14).
See the difference between the blood of Jesus and the old testament?
And this is why I love the book of Hebrews. It’s always comparing. In fact, it is also known as the transfigurative epistle because it is always making comparisons between Jesus and the Law of Moses. And if you recall, on the Mount of Transfiguration in Matthew 17, when Jesus was there with Moses and Elijah standing by His side, after awhile, Moses and Elijah disappeared and then a voice from heaven declared- “This is my son. Hear Him.”
But if you remember when God first made this public recognition of Jesus at John’s baptism in Matthew 3:16-17, He didn’t say “Hear Him.”
He only said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
Why then did He say “Hear Him” this time?
God was saying, “Don’t listen to Moses who represents the Law and don’t listen to Elijah who represents the Prophets. Hear only Jesus. Believe in Jesus. It’s about Jesus.”
Salvation is about Jesus! He is the only way by which we can be saved(Acts 4:12)
And you know, Jesus offered only one sacrifice for sin. The day you committed sin, did He come down from heaven again to die and offer Himself as sacrifice again? No.
He died just once after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever.(Hebrews 10:13-14)
With the sacrifice of bulls and goats of the old covenant, we see a pattern of repetition but with Jesus, He offered just once and sat down meaning the work is finished. But in the old covenant, there was no chair which meant that the work was no finished so the priest had to keep coming back.
Friends, your forgiveness didn’t happen partially or repeatedly or sequentially. It happened once and for all.
Look, Jesus is the boss. And His sacrifice is hands down the best!
So out with the old and in with the new.
The new is perfect and complete.
Am I fully convinced about the perfection of Jesus sacrifice or am I still attached to the old covenant?
-The sacrifice of Jesus is hands down the best and I am a beneficiary of the ultimate, perfect sacrifice.
-I am fully convinced about the perfection of His sacrifice. I have no more business with the old covenant.
-Jesus is the object of my salvation. I hear only Him and I believe only Him. My focus and hearing is blinded to the Law or the Prophets.
-My position on the gospel is entirely the same as God’s. No additions. No subtractions.
-God is no longer angry with me. My sins are forgiven.
-My forgiveness was not partial or repetitive. It happened once and for all. Forever.
-I walk in the full experience of the better and perfect sacrifice of Jesus.
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