Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Seven
Our Perfect Sacrifice | By: Kate Downing
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” – Hebrews 10:12-14
As we begin today, it is important to understand the idea of sacrifice and the need for a perfect sacrifice for sin. This need is based on God’s perfect righteousness and our failure to reach perfect righteousness. The only thing that can atone (pay) for our sin is a perfect sacrifice given in our place. Therefore, God instituted the sacrificial system under the Law. A spotless animal had to be sacrificed on behalf of the sins of the person or people.
However, these animal sacrifices could not fully atone for our sins. They only pointed us to the One who could. Christ alone--our perfect sacrifice and substitute for us--could completely atone for the sins of the world through his death on the cross! This is the description of Jesus that we will study today.
Stop and quiet your heart and mind. Ask God to help you focus on His Word for the next few minutes. Ask Him to speak to you about our Perfect Sacrifice, Jesus Christ.
Read Hebrews 9:1-10. What physical place is described in these verses?
Read Hebrews 9:11-14. By what means did Jesus enter into the presence of God and secure “eternal redemption” or forgiveness for our sins (v. 12)?
What does Jesus’s blood purify us from (v. 14)?
APPLY: Stop and thank God that the blood of Jesus purifies your thoughts, memory, and emotions. By His sacrifice, you no longer have to live in shame and doubt.
Read Hebrews 9:15-28. What is necessary for the forgiveness of sin (v. 22)?
Why does Jesus as our high priest not have to continuously offer sacrifices for our sins (v. 26)?
As those who have put our faith in Jesus, what hope do we have to look forward to (v. 28)?
Read Hebrews 10:1-3. How did the animal sacrifices remind the people of the severity of their sins?
Why was the blood of bulls and goats not enough to take away the sins of the world?
Read Hebrews 10:4-14. What does it mean that Jesus did “away with the first in order to establish the second” (v. 9)?
Look up the word “sanctify”. Write out verse 10 in your own words.
How is Jesus our perfect sacrifice according to verses 12-14?
According to verse seventeen, how does God view our sins once we have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf?
When we accept Jesus and His sacrifice on our behalf, we are accepting His forgiveness. This covers our past, present, and future sins. When God looks at us, He no longer sees our failures. He sees the righteousness of His Son that covers us!
APPLY: Stop and thank Jesus for being your perfect sacrifice; for forgiving your sins once and for all!
Read Hebrews 10:19-25. This is where the personal application to Jesus being our perfect sacrifice becomes clear.
Why can we enter into God’s presence with confidence?
Underline each time the phrase “let us” is used in these verses. Write in your own words what three things the author encourages us to do?
V. 22, Let us…
V. 23, Let us…
V. 24, Let us…
Read Hebrews 10:26-31. Summarize this section of verses in your own words.
Read Hebrews 10:32-39. Summarize this section of verses in your own words.
APPLY: What about your actions and words needs to be different today based on the truth that Jesus is your perfect sacrifice?
How can you praise God throughout the day for this truth?
How can you walk in confidence today knowing that you can come directly to God?
How can you draw near to God, hold fast to your faith, and stir up others to live for God today?