Once For All!
Third-Last Sunday Trinity Lutheran Church
8 November 2015 Murdock, NE
+ Jesu Juva +
This is absolutely incredible. Astounding. Only the Holy Spirit would dare to make such a claim through the written words in the Bible. Only the Holy Spirit would have the nerve to preach such a sermon. And I’ve been sent here today by the Holy Spirit to preach these words to you. The Holy Spirit intends for you to hear them right now because the words in the text are so radical. Hebrews 9 goes to the root of your ultimate dilemma and your ultimate salvation. No spin. No BS. Check it out.
Hebrews 9 declares that Jesus “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” on the cross by which He “bore the sins of many.”
There you have it. Jesus “put away sin” and “bore the sins of many.” That right there identifies and reveals your root problem. Your original predicament. It is sin. You are a sinner Conceived and born that way. Psalm 51:5. You sin by what you do and by what you don’t do. In your thoughts, words and deeds. Your heart refuses to trust God to be God for you and your heart doesn’t love your neighbor as yourself. Curved in on yourself you are! Because of your sinful condition and your sin you deserve God’s punishment now and the forevermore of hell. That’s called damnation. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. You’re powerless to stop it. Can’t save yourself. So, to quote AC/DC one of your favorite bands of the 1980s from down under you’re on a highway to … well you get it!
But the text proclaims the good news of salvation that is meant FOR YOU. IT’S THIS. Jesus has done what it takes to save “the many” and you. He deals with the very center and core of the human predicament: sin and the hellish paycheck it earns.
He “appears once for all” the text pronounces, “to put away sin.” TO PUT AWAY SIN!
He does that by bearing your sin in His Good Friday crucified and sacrificed on-the-cross-Body. As the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Jesus dies the sinner’s death – BECOMES MAXIMUM SINNER — because He bears your sin and the sin of the world in His Body. Numbered with the transgressors the Lord laid on HIM the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53). Good Friday Jesus is the exclusive and unique “once for all” never to be repeated sacrifice that atones or answers for all sin. Yes, your sin too! Jesus didn’t leaven any of your sin out of His sacrificial dying. He took it all to deal with completely!
In addition, the hellacious consequences of your sin have been absorbed in Jesus’ Good Friday Body: God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Sin’s power over you has been nullified. What Jesus did is comprehensive. Complete. Total. Once for all time – never to be repeated. Once for all people as well. “It is finished.”
I know. I know. This is shocking! Mind blowing! Jaw dropping! It is the truth. The “once for all” sacrificial death of Jesus on a Friday afternoon in 33 A.D. is the most important event in the history of the world and the entire universe. Christ’s death on the cross is the culmination of the ages or the fulfillment of world history. Done FOR YOU. That is what we have now by faith in Jesus. Now we live by faith in these divine words of promise. You have salvation through faith in Jesus in this life.
However, when the Last Day arrives, when this life comes to and end, the text says that Jesus will “appear a second time, not to bear sin.” Of course. He bore sin and answered for sin on Good Friday – ONCE FOR ALL – never to be repeated. On the Last Day – Judgment Day – “he will appear a second time … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” That is, to say, the salvation that you have now by faith you will have by sight on the Last Day.
Eagerly we believe. Eagerly we wait. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.