Hebrews 10:4-10 (NLT)
"4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,
“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
6 You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
7 Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God--
as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”
8 First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant to put the second into effect. 10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time."
Today's reading reminds me of the old hymn, "Nothing but the Blood," especially the refrain:
"Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus."
Hebrews was a written sermon that traveled from house church to house church in the First Century. It is full of profound, thoughtful truths that were both encouraging and helpful to the believers in the early church. Here we learn why the church moved away from blood sacrifice as a part of religious practices. Jesus' blood makes the need for other sacrifices null and void. So, remember, nothing makes us holy except for the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. We have been made white as snow. Let us not forget during this Lenten season that we do not redeem ourselves—that salvation only comes to us through the redemptive work of Jesus.
Today spend time reflecting on how you have been made white as snow through the blood of Jesus? What prevents you from remembering this in your daily life?