But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
If you thought the human high priest had power, you might want to take a peek at Jesus. He isn’t fumbling around in earthly temples: he’s going straight for the source of power in the universe-God. Jesus saved the world with blood, but it was a one-time deal only. That’s how powerful his sacrifice was, and that’s why it’s that much better than anything humans could dream up.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that our salvation isn’t dependent upon our repeated and numerous confessions. The sacrifice of Christ, once and for all, has made us right with God. Not that we don’t humbly stand before God, recognizing that we often fall short. We should and do. But the piece of real estate we stand on is at the foot of the cross, grateful that God sees us through the “once and for all” sacrifice of Jesus. That’s a generous God!
Loving God, we stand at the cross, seeking your mercy. Forgive us for all the times and ways we have let you down. Thank you for seeing us through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.