“To Put Away Sin Once For All” ( Hebrews 9: 26, ESV ) by Carley Evans

How many times does Jesus die? How many times is He nailed to a cross? How many times does Jesus suffer? I’m sure the answer is obvious — once. “Christ, having been offered once to bear the sin of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28)

How many times do Levitical priests enter the holy places to make sacrifices for the sins of many? Not once, but “every year with blood not [their] own.” (Hebrews 9:25) Their sacrifices are repetitive and only temporarily effective. On the other hand, Jesus “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9:26) In putting away sin, Jesus solves the problem. He ends the separation of man and God, becoming “the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:15) “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)

There is no need to crucify our Lord again. Sacrifices offered year after year only remind us of sins; they do not permanently take them away.  Jesus enters “heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” (Hebrews 9:24) What or who is able to do more for us than this? What self effort or effort of others is able to save us so completely as Jesus Christ?

4 thoughts on ““To Put Away Sin Once For All” ( Hebrews 9: 26, ESV ) by Carley Evans

  1. When I was young, Carley, I was so worried that my confession of faith might not have been 100% sincere – that I ‘got saved’ again and again, just to be sure. 🙂
    If I’d only known then that once for all covered me, once and for all.

    1. Debbie, this is an amazingly common occurrence — happened to me so many times. When I heard “Just As I Am” playing, I almost ran to the altar when I was younger — my parents, especially my mother — were so embarrassed. But Jesus was always there, waiting with His open arms. He didn’t care that I’d kept coming; it meant — to me anyway — that I had some unmet need or some weight hanging over me, etc. God bless you Debbie — to have a child’s heart is good.

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