Hebrews 7: 26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
There is a lot in these few verses! We have a perfect high priest because he “has been made perfect” (v. 28). Jesus was always perfect, so how can he have been made perfect? The Son of God came into this world and took on our human flesh. He did it so that he might be our perfect substitute before God. In order to become our substitute, he had to keep every commandment that God has given to us – right up to the time of his death. Maybe a better translation of this verse would be, “who has been made complete forever.” So our High Priest can offer his righteousness to God in our place.
The other words that give us comfort describe the nature of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. “He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” Once for all, for all sins and for all time. When I visited Nepal, I noticed that there were god-shrines on almost every street corner. People would leave little bits of this or that as offerings to appease the over one million gods in the Hindu religion. Offering sacrifices for ourselves will never work. It would be like taking an extension cord and plugging it into the other end of the cord. That’s what faith in our good works and sacrifices looks like.
We believe in a sacrifice for our sins, but not made by ourselves. Christ made one sacrifice for all sins and for all time. Adam was saved by that sacrifice. Abraham, and Moses, too. You and I are saved by this one time sacrifice for sins. As I passed those Hindu shrines, I was so thankful that Jesus made must one sacrifice for me to cover all my sins! Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not. Amen. (Author: Martin Luther)