For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. – Hebrews 10:1-4
I once overheard a children’s teacher say that the sins of the Israelites were forgiven through the exercise of the Old Testament sacrificial system. A sixth grader in the class respectfully contended that this was not true, and he was correct. He “stuck by his guns,” did not give in, and later (privately) I was able to affirm the student and help the well-meaning teacher understand biblical truth.
There has never been nor will there ever be any path to complete forgiveness apart from the shed blood of Jesus Christ. For if the first system had been enough, why would God have made the ultimate sacrifice? If the blood of an animal could do it, why would the blood of the Savior be required?
The Cross of Christ is not a just a better way, it is the only way.
The law works fear and wrath; grace works hope and mercy. – Martin Luther
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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