Our rest is not in our efforts to not sin. Though it seems as such many times. Many times that we do something that was long overdue, we feel that we can breathe now. But our unshakable rest is not in what we can accomplish or have accomplished. Just wait for a moment, that temporary rest might be shaken by a whole new set of challenges. But, our unchanging rest is in the forgiveness of our sins by God through Christ.
As Paul said,
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
A once-and-for all sacrifice is good news for the sinner, and good news for the priest. Just think about it. No more sacrifices for sin. That’s wonderful news for both the sinner who’s to bring the sin offering, and the priest who’s to sacrifice the offering for the sinner’s sins. But with Christ, it’s once and for all and that’s just the beginning of the good news.
“Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:9-14)
Unlike the past mediators, the past priests, Jesus gets to sit and rest.
It’s once for all.
(Song by Mitch Langley, “Once for all”)