FOUR GLORIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST
(From the Book of Hebrews)
Part 1 The Efficacy of the Precious Blood
Sins are forever gone, because Christ once – and once for all – shed His blood. Under the law there was a daily need for sacrifice. There was the morning and evening sacrifice for Israel, Exod 29. 38.
The sins of the people required sacrifice. The sacrifices in the O.T. did not cover future sins; fresh sins called for fresh blood. But the conscience of the guilty one was never at rest. Every time he sinned he needed to offer a sacrifice. What he obtained was only temporary relief. The OT Law made nothing perfect.
But the sacrifice of Jesus was different. The sinless Offerer offered Himself once and forever. It was a once-for-all sacrifice that was accomplished on Calvary. Such was the greatness of the sacrifice of our LJC, such was the completeness of the sacrifice (hence the utterance, “It is finished”) – that there was no need for Him to offer Himself up again on the Cross.
He obtained eternal redemption for us. His sacrifice fully satisfied the righteousness of God. Hence He was raised from the dead and lifted up to the throne of God, where He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high. He sits, because the work is finished, never to be repeated.
What should we do then? We must magnify the LJC for His great sacrifice on the Cross, by worshipping and praising Him just as the 24 elders do in heaven, Rev 5.
There is something here that we must understand. It is the eternal efficacy of the precious Blood. He does not have to sacrifice Himself again, He does not have to shed His precious Blood one more time. The Blood avails throughout eternity for the forgiveness of sins. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us. If we fall or fail, we can resort to the precious Blood, confessing our sins and availing forgiveness, 1 John 1.9. Indeed we need to claim the cleansing power of the precious Blood at all times. And such is the power of that precious Blood that our conscience is fully purged and there is no more guilt. We are forgiven and we can experience this. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow, Psalm 51.7. Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven, Psalm 32.1