“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)
There was an old “infomercial” that said all you had to do was “set it and forget it”! I believe it was some amazing piece of kitchen gadgetry designed to make life less complicated. Set it and forget it. No longer need you worry about your rotisserizing chicken; it’s gonna be perfect!
Jesus is our “once for all” sacrifice. His one beautiful sacrifice does the work of sanctifying, that is making us holy, to the point where it’s a done deal – you can (figuratively) set it and forget it! You are made perfect through Christ. There is no work for you to do in the process. Jesus left no tiny task on a to-do list for you. He accomplished the whole thing. Living in that reality means being set free to love our Lord with our whole being and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. You have been set free in Christ.
And by the way, this is something I pray you never forget!
Lord, forgive me and make me right with the Father. Send me in your love and holiness to love my neighbor as myself. Amen.
“He made Him to be sin who knew no sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21a)
Utterly impossible for us to understand is what it’s like to be free of sin. Every single thought, each spoken word, and all our actions are tainted with sin. So sinful are we that often we are unaware of our sins as they happen.
For Jesus, the situation was altogether different. He lived unburdened by sin. Although He was tempted in every way we are tempted, Jesus never gave into temptation. Jesus lived His life in perfect trust of His Father’s goodness and mercy. Never once did Jesus step out of line.
That makes the Scripture passage for today all the more incomprehensible. Jesus never experienced the act of sinning, but on the cross, He became every sin you and I have ever acted out! Like a magnet that stretches all space and time, Jesus drew all our sins from us to Himself. Upon His cross, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became our sins. At that moment, Jesus was the most detestable thing to ever be on this earth. Jesus took this reproach and shame for your good so that we would become the righteousness of God!
Jesus, thank you for removing from me the stain of my sins. Amen.