Hebrews 9:12 (ESV)
12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
The system of sacrifice was well established in ancient Israel as outlined in the Book of Leviticus.
Basically, a sacrifice was needed to pay for sin. Sin couldn’t go unpunished.
Sin, in a nutshell, is not just what we do wrong. It’s what separates us from God. It’s essentially us turning our back on God and wanting to live our lives our own way.
Thus the priests performed their duties on a regular basis as no one sacrifice could pay for “all” of Israel’s sin going forward. It needed to be done again and again and again.
However, Jesus became the sacrifice “once for all”.
He ushered in a “new covenant” (Hebrews 9:15). A new arrangement or deal between man and God.
For Jesus Christ paid the ultimate “price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
And this was possible because God the Father “made him to be sin who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He was like “a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).
Thus Jesus shed His own “blood.” (Hebrews 10:19).
“[Cleansing] us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
And all this was done to secure for us an eternal redemption.
prayer : thank you for your sacrifice on the cross in our place
action : repent of my own sinfulness knowing God will forgive me