Heb. 2:9-10, 14-18
Text vv. 17-18
There are two opposing facts that have existed since the fall of man in Genesis chapter three, and God alone can reconcile these.
The first is that God is holy and hates sin, and that by His holy law the wages of sin is death.
The second is that “God is love;” and so the problem was “How can God be just and at the same time justify the sinner?”
The solution to this problem was that God so loved that He gave His only begotten Son to die in the sinner’s place. The Son so loved that He offered Himself to bear our sins in His own body on the cross. He, who knew no sin, was made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:21).
We are sinners by nature and by choice (Rom. 8:7-8), so the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem us to God with His precious blood (I Pet. 1:18-19).
Now let’s consider “JESUS CHRIST OUR SIN OFFERING.”
I. IN HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, JESUS CHRIST OFFERED HIMSELF A SACRIFICE TO GOD
A. He did not die only as an example, but offered Himself a sacrifice to God.
1. Christ appeared once in the end of the world "to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself" (Heb. 9:26).
2. Christ having once died, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.
- “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:14).
3. Without faith in the sacrificial death of Christ there is no salvation.
a. Christ “was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:24,25).
b. Christ poured out His soul unto death for the sins of His people, in order to take them away (1Co 15:1-4).
B. All the sacrifices of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in Him.
1. Every morning and evening a lamb was sacrificed in the temple.
2. To show that Jesus Christ was typified by those Old Testament sacrifices, He was declared by John the Baptist to be “…THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).
C. Jesus Christ loved us and gave Himself for us, as sinners “Christ…hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor” (Eph 5:2).
1. He gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice.
2. He is the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world.
3. He gave Himself for us, as sinners (Rom. 5:6, 8).
II. AS A SACRIFICE, THE SINS OF ALL BELIEVERS WERE LAID UPON JESUS CHRIST (Heb. 2:17).
A. That which was laid on Christ shall never be taken off
A. That which was laid on Christ shall never be taken off(Isa. 53:4-6).
1. The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquities of us all.
2. The sins of every believer were laid on Christ.
3. If you have repented of your sins and have trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior, then your sins are gone.
B. Jesus Christ bore our sins upon the cross.
1. He was made sin for us who knew no sin (II Cor. 5:21).
a. God had to judge our sins, but the wonderful thing is that He judged our sins in His Son when He was hanging on the cross.
b. Now the judgment-seat has become a mercy-seat to everyone who in faith accepts this salvation from God’s hands. (Rom. 3:24-26).
c. The blood of Christ is the only way for God to forgive sins.
2. Christ offered Himself upon the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all believers—the sins of all believers were laid on Him. (Isa. 53:6).
III. IN HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH, CHRIST MADE FULL SATISFACTION UNTO GOD THE FATHER FOR OUR SINS
A. The Lamb of God had literally taken away the sins of the world by His death on the cross.
- He endured the torments of the second death.
B. God the Father was dishonored by man’s sin, so Christ voluntarily offered Himself to take away our sin.
1. The blood of animal sacrifices could neither appease the wrath of God, nor secure His blessings upon those who presented such sacrifices. (Heb. 10:4-8).
2. Because the sacrifices under the old covenant failed to make real atonement for sin, they could not cleanse the sinner.
3. These sacrifices under the old covenant merely typified the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God.
4. God became a man in order that He might present Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of His elect. (Heb. 10:9-18).
5. God the Father was fully satisfied by the sacrifice of Christ for our sins.
6. Jesus Christ is able to save all who will come to God by Him (Acts 4:12; Heb. 7:25).
1. As our great High Priest, Christ has obtained eternal redemption for us by shedding His blood on the cross (Heb. 9:11-12).
2. Christ will save all that come to Him by faith.
3. Those who believe on Christ shall never be damned.
- They may come to the throne of grace with boldness.
• Have you turned from your sin to Christ?