In eternity was the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. God’s grace was given to men in Christ Jesus before time began (Revelation 13:8, 2 Timothy 1:9).

When Adam ate the apple, God sacrificed an animal to clothe him. Now Adam knew that blood must be shed to cover his sin.

Abel, Noah, Abraham, and Moses also offered sacrifices to God. But these were only a shadow of good things that were coming. They were a reminder of sins but could never take them away.

These men didn’t have full understanding, but they believed in God’s promises. So, he credited them with righteousness, leaving their sins unpunished, because in due time his only Son would die for their payment. This was God’s justice (Romans 3:25-26).

When Jesus came into the world he said, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me. Then I said here I am – it is written about me in the scroll. I have come to do your will, my God” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

At just the right time, we were made holy through his sacrifice once for all, the Holy Spirit testifying, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

This was the plan all along.

Christian friend, we now have confidence to draw near to our God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. Continue to hope without wavering since he who promised is faithful.

What about you who doubt God’s promises? What are you attempting to offer to God to cover your sins? Cain brought fruit and God did not look with favor on him or his offering (Genesis 4:5). Look to Jesus who alone can take away your sins.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your obedience to your Father’s will. We needed a great High Priest like you, separate from sinners, who was able to save forever those who come to God through you.

Throughout This Day: Thank Jesus often for choosing to become our perfect High Priest, able to understand us and able to deliver us fully from all the effects of the Fall.

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