Jesus’ Atoning Sacrifice
“For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
Suffering has a difficult connotation to it when seen from a worldly perspective. It is seen as something that should be repudiated and completely relegated outside of society. However, it can have a way of allowing for a deeper connection to GOD since He Himself suffered so that we may be saved. We are made perfect through Jesus who endured all suffering for our sake. Salvation was paid with a price. The blood of the Lamb was the atoning sacrifice for all time. It would serve as a substitute for the shedding of innocent animal blood as seen in the previous iterations of worship in the past. Jesus became the atoning sacrifice for all ages and for all generations.
This suffering was seen through the pain of the lashes that caused lacerations on the skin of the Savior of the World. It was the pain of carrying the cross through the streets of Israel towards the outside of the city that allowed us to see that the grueling pain symbolized a new beginning of reconciliation between man and GOD. Why would GOD allow Himself to experience such pain? Is it to teach us that the wages of our sins deserve that same punishment due to the darkness and shame and misery that is associated with our sins?
Through the carrying of the cross, Jesus was being shunned and scorned by the same people that he had decided to save. The same crowds that had seem Him preach during the day at the synagogues were present to witness the crucifixion. While some may have believed, others may have been sceptical, there was a group of select individuals who felt annoyed by the presence of Jesus. Even so, Jesus chose to die on the cross for them as well. He died a cruel death that lasted many hours which included betrayal, hatred, violence, and envy onto the Son of GOD. But Jesus actually chose the type of death and decided to follow through with the will of the Father, Abba, GOD.
Then only through Christ crucified and resurrected can we say that the events prophesied by GOD have become true. We no longer need the blood of sacrifices for our purity and eternal life but we have that through Jesus Christ.
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of
the good things that have come, then through
the greater and more perfect tent (not made with
hands, that is not of this creation) 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.”
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Jesus Christ secured our eternal redemption for eternity. There is no longer a timeline. After salvation, time no longer exists for we are redeemed by the Son of GOD and time is no longer relevant because Christ’s sacrifice has resulted in eternity for those who believe and confess Jesus Christ as the Savior. The things of this world will pass such as time, money, property, streets, relationships, jobs, status, envy, hate, strife, jealousy, bitterness, and all things that once were and shall never be as they were in the present life. Only GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will design what will be the New Jerusalem and the New Earth were it will last for eternity.
We must continue firm in our faith in GOD and prevent the ability to continue to sin. If we know that what GOD the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit say is true then we must stand firm in the faith and not be thinking about going back because GOD will be displeased on those who fall back. We must endure and continue fighting the good fight of GOD.