And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “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,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:11-18
The Jewish priests continued to make sacrifices in the temple for almost forty years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. For them it was business as usual. Had these sacrifices been all God wanted from His people then that would have been ok. God wanted more. He wanted something that would forever negate the need for continual sacrifices. He wanted the price for sin paid once and for all. His Son Jesus was that price. The perfect lamb who once His blood was spilled the final and complete price would be paid.
So from about 33 AD to 70 AD Jewish priests continued to try and pay a debt that had already been marked Paid in Full. We can look back on their actions and think how could they not understand. God had been telling the Jews for centuries what His plan was. Daniel even gave them the time period in which the Messiah was to appear. The signs were there and they were even looking for the Messiah when Jesus appeared on the scene. But let’s not be too smug.
How are you still trying to pay for your sins? If you are adding anything to the price Jesus already paid then you are no better than those priests still sacrificing animals in the temple. If you think that in order to be saved that you have to do good works or being baptized or baptized in a certain way or attend church a certain number of days or on certain days then you are trying to add you effort to what Jesus has already completed. This is a Christ and religion. If I just have Jesus and something else then I will be saved. Whenever we do that we diminish what Jesus did for us. We are saying that yes Jesus died for our sins but what He did was not enough, there is still work that only I can do to ensure my salvation.
There is nothing we can do to make us more or less saved. Jesus did all the work that needed to be done. All we can do is accept what He did for us. Then we need to let Him work in our lives to make us what God intends us to be.
Have a blessed day,