Jesus: The Perfect Sacrifice

For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

Matthew’s gospel records,, “The next day John (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” (Matthew 1:29). Under the Old Testament rules and regulations, a spotless lamb, meaning without defect, was to be brought as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. Jesus was the perfect “Lamb of God” and the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

The writer of Hebrews provided a fivefold description of the character of the perfect, eternal High Priest. No Levitical priest could measure up to these standards. Only Christ has all of these characteristics. Christ is holy, meaning He is free from sin. Christ is innocent, meaning He is free from evil. Christ is undefiled, meaning He is without blemish. Christ is separated from sinners, meaning that He faced temptation but never yielded to sin. Christ is exalted above the heavens, meaning that He has ascended into heaven and has assumed His place of honor, majesty, and authority in heaven.

Challenge: Christ is the perfect Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Thank God for sending Jesus to earth to die for your sins.

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