Hebrews 7:27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.

The Levitical priests in the Old Testament had to make daily sacrifices as outlined in the Law. There were many purposes for these offerings: thanksgiving, worship, and sin. People brought different types of items to sacrifice, including grain and various types of animals. The priests had to atone for their own sins and the sins of the people. They never could take care of the sin problem by their efforts. The author emphasizes again the superiority of Jesus as the great high priest. His sacrifice was one time because it was totally effective to take care of the sin problem. Unlike the Levitical priests, Jesus did not need to sacrifice for his sins because he was without sin. This made him the perfect sacrifice. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice because he was without sin. Behind this verse is the logic of the Old Testament sacrificial system. The penalty for sin is death. The lives of animals were given in replacement of people forfeiting their lives. Thus, the sacrificial system was a form of grace. Jesus’ sacrifice does two things in this regard. One, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. Because he was without sin, his sacrifice was the perfect and everlasting solution to sin. Two, his sacrifice reveals the depth and width of God’s grace. There is no sin that Jesus’ sacrifice will not bring healing to if a person will only seek God’s forgiveness and grace. Rejecting Jesus’ sacrifice will bring condemnation because the problem of sin has not been taken care of.

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