JESUS, THE SACRIFICE: Hebrews 10:11-18

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SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 10:11-18
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
    and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

BIG IDEA

We need Jesus to be our sacrifice because our sin has left us filthy and the sacrificial system is all about making sinners clean. Thankfully the gospel tells us that as the true High Priest, on the final Day of Atonement, Jesus walked into the heavenly Holy of Holies and offered Himself as the ultimate Lamb of God. Why? To take away the sins of the world. The sacrifices of the Old Testament were unable to take away sins because animals were unfit representatives for sinful humans. However, Jesus was not. He is God—strong enough to pile our filth on His back; yet He is also man—weak enough to die as a substitute for sinners. Jesus sacrifice was such a success that He is seated at the right hand of the father, waiting for enemies’ backs to prop up His feet, and has “perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” On the cross, He accomplished both our inner cleansing (purifying our desires) and outer cleansing (paying for our forgiveness). Through faith in Jesus we are made clean. 

DISCUSSION

1. Read Hebrews 10:11-18 and discuss what stands out to you. 

2. Why do you think the sacrificial system of the Old Testament was unable to take away sins? What was the point, then? 

3. Which examples did pastor Brett give Sunday about us knowing that sins make us unclean? Can you identify with Lady Macbeth, who was always rubbing her hands and said, “Out damned spot!… All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this little hand”? 

4. How is Jesus’ sacrifice different than the sacrifices of the Old Testament? 

5. What did Jesus accomplish as our sacrifice? What does this change the way you live? 

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