Do you feel like it never ends, sacrifices untold to get forgiveness of sin? Christ paid it all my friend! Stay tuned!
In the NT, James the brother of Jesus calls himself a bondservant. As he writes he is not only looking at his present circumstances but those of his flock who are scattered calling them to holiness. That calling began way back here in the book of Leviticus through the sacrificial system. Each day the priests were met with perhaps hundreds of people who inadvertently or actually sinned. The line outside the Tabernacle stretched “around the block” so to speak. The priests worked from dawn to dusk helping people to atone for their sins. Leviticus paints for us a graphic picture of the various sacrifices with one purpose: holiness before a Holy God is costly. It was hard, arduous and time-consuming and why Christ came as the completed atonement. Remember in Acts 15 when the church council was discussing how to handle problems? In the middle of this came a booming voice of Paul “Why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?”
The hymn writer got it right: Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. What the sacrificial system could not attain for sacrifices had to be offered over and over, Christ attained it once for all.
Has He cleansed you?