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?