Focus: Hebrews 10:1-17
The writer of Hebrews in chapter 10 tells us that the Law of Moses was never meant to separate the penalty of sin from humanity for an extended length of time. All of the blood sacrificing was done as a symbolic, ceremonial cleansing to bring attention to our guilt of sin. The Law awakened humanity to the eternal law of justice and the need to appease God. This fact is known in almost every religion in the world. A short survey of world religions will show that sacrificing the innocent in a vicarious ritual to cleanse those living from their natural sin was a hallmark of many mono- and polytheistic faiths from the dawn of time.This is not to say that we agree with such faiths, but it is clear there is something understood by nearly all peoples about transgression of a deity's law and blood sacrifice of the innocent or pure to atone or make right with the deity being served! If sacrifice of animals were sufficient, there would have been no need to continue the practice, but under the Law the sacrifice of animals in the temple continued until 70 AD when the temple was destroyed as Jesus predicted. A human sacrifice in these same world religions did not cease because the work was finally done once and for all. Humans are not sinless so they are no different than the lambs, calves, and other non-human animal sacrifices Jesus was the ONLY sinless human, fully God and fully human. Only in Christianity is the ransom of sin paid once and for all for eternity, eliminating the need for any further blood sacrifice! Without the Garden of Gethsemane even the cross would have been efficacious for ONE and NOT many proving once again that pain and suffering must accompany consecration for the imperfect vessel and for the propitiation or ransom of sin of that imperfect vessel. Jesus paid it once and for all. He was the ONLY one who could have done it! Praise Him!