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27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.


Jesus’ priesthood did not have the flaws of Levitical priests. He differed in two respects: (1) He never sinned like them and (2) they had to offer sins for themselves.

27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices,

Regular Levitical priests offered sacrifices for sins daily (He 9:6; 10:11). The High Priests offered sacrifice on the Day of Atonement once a year. Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice once on the cross.

first for His own sins and then for the people’s,

Priests of the Old Testament had to make a sacrifice for their own sins first and then for others.

for this He did once for all

Jesus offered sacrifice for sin one time upon the cross. His death was a singular event (He 10:12, 14). No sacrifice beyond that point was needed. He was never required to repeat sacrifice for sin, but He intercedes for us day by day based on one final sacrifice.

when He offered up Himself.

The reason no other sacrifice was needed was that Jesus offered Himself as the final payment for sin. He was both victim and Priest; He was both the sacrificed and the Sacrificer (Mt 20:28; Ro 8:3; 2 Co 5:21). Jesus’ sacrifice was Himself.

PRINCIPLE:

Jesus’ one act of sacrifice was definitive and enough.

APPLICATION:

Because Christ was the sinless High Priest, He was able to make a definitive and final sacrifice for sin. He offered but one unrepeatable sacrifice. This secured our eternal salvation. Jesus did not need to sacrifice for Himself or repeatedly sacrifice for others.

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