DIG for Wednesday the 21st of June…..His work was once and once only…..Hebrews 10 v 12

Yesterday I wrote about the finished work of Jesus Christ and His final words before He died on the cross.

Through this work we can enter His rest and we can approach God on Jesus’ performance rather than our own.

We all know sin was an issue, and it had come between man and God.

So sin had to be dealt with once and for all so that men could, once again, boldly approach God the Father.

Jesus was the One chosen to deal with the sin issue and He did deal with it on the cross.

He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53 v 5).

On the cross Jesus took all our sin, once and for all, for all men for all time.

He dealt with sin once and once only, and He dealt with it ALL.

And once He had finished this work He returned to His father and sat down (Hebrews 10 v 12).

I love this picture that this verse gives us of Jesus sitting down with His work finished.

When Jesus said, “It is finished”, He meant so much; the work of the Law for man was over, the effect of sin was over and His work was over.

Jesus finished all that required to be finished, once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Our work (and religion) is also over, we can now approach God through Jesus’ complete and perfect work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that we can approach you through His performance”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

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DIG for Thursday the 17th of December…… ordinary shepherds or special shepherds…..Luke 2 v 8

For the last couple of DIGs we have been looking at the birthplace of Jesus; if you have not done so, please read those first before you read this one…….

Let me describe Migdal Eder to you; it was a tower that was used as a farm building.

It was like a barn or a stable, but solely for sheep.

It was made up of stalls, or different areas, where individual sheep were kept separate.

Individual stalls were used for single sheep to give birth to the temple sacrificial lambs.

This was written down and in the archaeological record.

Now, if you go to Bethlehem today you will be taken to an area on the edge of the town called Shepherds Field.

A guide will tell you this is where the angel and heavenly host made their visit to the shepherds described in Luke 2. This is the same area shown by the archaeological record and Jewish writings where the lambs for the Passover sacrifices were raised.

At the time of Jesus all the lambs sacrificed in the temple were bred in one place on the edge of Bethlehem. Jerome, an early Saint, said that this area was “1,000 paces from Bethlehem”, so it was very close.

You could say this was in or at Bethlehem, similar to the Greek meaning in Matthew 2 v 1.

At this place sacrificial lambs were born and raised for the temple by the temple shepherds.

It was the job of the temple shepherds to ensure that the lambs used for the Passover were perfect and spotless.

These shepherds were the first people to see the sacrificial lambs.

They knew which lambs were perfect and without blemish; they were the experts when it came to sacrificial lambs.

So we have lots of evidence saying that the sacrificial lambs were raised on the edge of Bethlehem at Migdal Eder or Shepherds Field; I believe that this is the same place.

Could the shepherds we see in Luke 2 have been the temple shepherds raising the sacrificial lambs for the temple?

This mini DIG series about the birth place of Jesus will be concluded tomorrow when we will see where Jesus was really born and who say Him first!

Luke 2 v 8…..And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night

DIG for Sunday the 27th of January…..once and once only; He is not going to be sacrificed again…..Hebrews 10 v 12

I used a lot of scriptures at church today from Hebrews 9 and 10; I call these the ONCE chapters.

Hebrews 9 and 10 describes the finished work of Jesus on the cross and uses the words one and once many times.

9 v 27 says Jesus was appointed to die once.

9 v 28 says He was offered once for the sins of many.

10 v 10 says that we are sanctified through the once only work of Jesus.

10 v 12 says that Jesus offered one sacrifice and then sat down (as HIs work was finished).

10 v 14 says that Jesus made one offering and this perfected us forever.

Jesus offered Himself once and dealt with your sin once; when you were born again you were changed once. Your spirit was born again once and it was made righteous and holy once (2 Corinthians 5 v 21 and Ephesians 4 v 24).

Just as Jesus died only once and performed HIs work only once, so you can only be reconciled, forgiven and made righteous once. You cannot make yourself more righteous through your own efforts, you can only trust that the work of Jesus was enough.

Righteousness and forgiveness is not a process, it is a once only event. You are forgiven and you are righteous, if you have trusted Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous and that I have been forgiven”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God