Day 12

An All-Sufficient Sacrifice

from the Advent 2017: Joy to the World reading plan

Isaiah 1:11,18, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 1:29, Hebrews 9:11-14, Hebrews 10:1-14

After a long day of slogging away at work, one of the best feelings in the world is to come home, plop down on my couch, and exhale a big sigh of relief. Day complete, feet up and relaxed, life just feels right.

Imagine what it would be like if this feeling never came. Imagine the burden and the stress of never being able to find rest and relief. This is the undercurrent of Advent. We all need rest, and yet peace escapes us. But Immanuel came to change the narrative.

Israel sacrificed herds of animals over time, but the relief for their souls was never accomplished. Gallons of blood were poured out in Jerusalem, but there was still no exhale of relief. Another day, another sacrifice—the constant burden of sin. Year after year, God’s people were confronted with the truth that lasting peace and comfort was just out of their reach. Their sacrifices couldn’t make it happen, but Immanuel could, would, and still does.

Israel’s sacrifices piled up day after day and generation after generation, proving they were unable to bring a resolution to their sin. Just like Israel, we try to wash away the stain of sin, but we can’t. It’s out of our reach. For it to happen, we need something we can’t provide, something outside of us and our weakness. We need Jesus.

He “is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The spotless Lamb of lambs. The Prince of peace. Jesus is the final sacrifice for our sins. His sinless life, His death for us on a splintered cross, His blood poured out on that hill outside of Jerusalem, His resurrection and ascension—His finished, all-sufficient sacrifice is the only thing that can bring us redemption, relief, and rest.

Advent reminds us of our need for Jesus and His arrival. When we come to Him, weary, burdened, and repentant, He meets us in our need and gives us rest (Matthew 11:28). True peace is found in the risen Lamb. He calls out to us even now, saying:

“Come, let us settle this,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;
though they are crimson red,
they will be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

Written by J. A. Medders

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9 thoughts on "An All-Sufficient Sacrifice"

  1. Mynor says:

    Today’s thought brings me joy. The fact that I don’t have to struggle day in and day out to try to live a straight and narrow way, the fact that Jesus already paid the price and so my trip ups are covered by grace, which also picks me up and challenges me to do better. It brings the human essence to the gospel and takes away the robotic/ritualistic thought. Hallelujah to the the Lamb of God!!

  2. Matt Baker says:

    It seems that during this time of year, people tend to feel weary and downtrodden. Being a teacher, I see it with my coworkers frequently. We always count down the days until Christmas break with eager anticipation, but not for the reason that we should. Having a new perspective on this has made the stressful weeks leading up to the holidays much easier to handle. Preparing my heart for the coming of Christ and knowing that he will deliver us from our sins makes a few rough weeks at school seem like small potatoes. So thankful for the blessing of our savior!

  3. Andrew says:

    I am thankful for the cross!

  4. Stephen Perry says:

    Wow! What an incredible reminder today to fuel the day. The sacrifice Jesus made through the cross was the PERFECT sacrifice. Lord Jesus, thank you so much for peace you provide today. Thank you Lord that there’s nothing I can do to take away my sin because you’ve already done that through the cross. Please Lord, help me to walk in the freedom of that truth today and help me Lord to sit in your peace that comes through Jesus. Thank you!

  5. Jeff M. says:

    “Come, let us settle this…” says the Lord in Isaiah 1. Oh my soul…look at the invitation! Come…come and let me tell you of how God has taken away the sins of the world by Himself coming for us. Lord what a MAGNANIMOUS promise!! It’s huge! There’s a peace, a hope, a joy that evades us without You. For so long the Israelites sacrificed with the blood of animals, but the rest for their souls that they craved was always out of reach. Their sin never atoned for. But what’s scary about that is that today, in 2017, we can live like that. We can live restless, peace-less, hopeless but believing that our souls are ok. I can do things in a form of “sacrifice” and all the while God calls me to come and see Him. To sit and behold Him. To actually put my trust and hope in Your finished work, not what I daily bring.

    Your story is greater and better than our own. 6 years ago my life was TRULY marked by a restlessness – I couldn’t get the affirmation I hoped for, the love I sought after, the soul rest that I needed to just be still. So I worked, and worked, and worked, and worked but ultimately I was left less secure than before and the weight of my insecurities and inability to even be who I thought I wanted to be, the weight crushed me. But. God.

    But You! You opened my eyes to your gracious Gospel and forever changed my life. Progressive sanctification…yes. That continues to be a struggle. But in that moment, I was made alive and N E W.

    And what rest comes from that fact…I no longer have to anxiously hope that I am enough, that I am good, that I can do it, that I am loved. The Gospel has both outed us as the worst of the worst, and rescued us from ourselves.

  6. Colt Duppen says:

    There are many times that we try to wash away the sin, but we are not able. To do so we must rely on the one and only Jesus Christ. He is the Lamb of God. The ultimate sacrifice for our sins and he will bring us peace.

    This is an important idea to remember throughout Advent. It reminds us of our inherent need for rest, and the reason that we are able to rest is through Him.

    In the first scripture it talks about how much animal blood was spilled because man desired the ability to rest and repent for their sins through the sacrifice of animals. Though they never received it no matter how many animal carcasses were stacked, bled, and burned for God. Lasting peace and comfort was just out of reach for the people of Israel. God then told the people of Israel that they would settle this, and then told them of the prophecies and how Jesus would come and save them from their sinful ways. Soon, it was settled.

    The verse from John shows when John realized that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, the final one that God needed.

    Jesus obtained entry to the most holy place because he offered himself without a blemish to God for the reason of saving those who have sinned.

    Thank you Jesus for offering yourself, when you had done nothing against God, to save the many. Now we can take a moment to rest in true peace through you.

  7. Nick Crawford says:

    I am so thankful that I can rest in the FINISHED work of Christ. God proves His great love for us in that seeing our great need for a Savior, it was His WILL to send His perfect Son to be our Savior and salvation. Jesus offered His perfect, sinless life and body up to be the sacrifice for the punishment our sin deserved: death. He rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of God, FINISHED, so that we may have life in His grace and forgiveness.
    I’m thankful that I can rest and trust in Jesus’ final sacrifice. Thank you Jesus.

  8. Pastor JB says:

    Thank God that he doesn’t require us to earn or work for our salvation because if that were the case none of us could ever attain it. May we remember that all the work and sacrifice needed was done by Jesus! Let us rest in Him. Let us trust in Him!

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