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No more blood of lambs

"It is Finished"

 

1 Peter 1:19. - But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

On the cross, on the sixth day of the week, Friday, at the ninth hour, (3pm) Jesus cried out: “It is Finished; He bowed the head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30)

That was about two thousand years ago. What was finished at that moment? We have to look in the gospel; yes, the everlasting gospel (Revelation 14:6) which began on Genesis 1 and ends in Revelation 22. When Adam and Eve so easily believed the words of the deceiver, Lucifer, whose words were above the words of Creator God, they came to believe the deceiver and to disbelieve the Creator, consequentially they were driven out of the garden of God. In reality they chose death from the devil instead of life from God. (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6) Very sad now, man has fallen into the hands of the adversary, man is subject to rebellion and death, and has no power to liberate himself. If you live in the last days, look to the savage behavior and barbaric instincts of many people around the earth, whose minds have fallen under the dominion of the devil.

Divine love came forth with a provision to rescue humanity. God Himself will pay the ransom. At once He revealed the good news: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15) This is the beginning of the good news of the gospel of salvation. Eventually Satan will bruise the heel of the Seed, but the Seed will destroy evil and Satan. The great controversy will open the path of choice for human beings who will want to follow the Seed-the Savior and be rewarded with life; or on the contrary they will want to follow all evil whose reward is death, better described as the second death. (Revelation 20:14)

The mystery of godliness, how the divine Son of God took upon Himself human nature, is beyond understanding for the human mind. (1 Timothy 3:16) But He did it, and offered Himself as the Lamb of God, He gave His blood to redeem man from the transgression of God's law and from the second death.

From the very beginning, the sacrifice of a lamb upon the altar must point forward to the sacrifice, once and for all, of the Lamb of God to redeem fallen men and women. Adam, Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants worshiped God according to the plan revealed to them.

When the time came to organize the children of Israel as a nation, God called Moses to be the servant, to be the voice between God and the people. Under the Egyptian slavery, the children of Israel had lost much of the proper relation with God, and now God was planning to give them a territory and to dwell among them. For a well behaved community, with peace, love and order it must be a rule in writing and in their minds. The law of God was spoken aloud to their ears and then written by the Lord's finger on tables of stone. (Exodus 20:2-17)

The first four commandments, verses 2-11, express supreme love to God, and the following six commandments, verses 12-17, express our love to neighbors. (Matthew 22:37-40) The law is a gift of God to man to save His creatures of the troubles of bad behavior while alive and busy on earth. If these commandments were in the minds and hearts of the world today, what different world it will be! The violence and corruption in Noah's time (Genesis 6:11) is getting to the same level in our days. Will society continue to push aside the Ten Commandments?

The truth remains, God is still God, He and His law are eternal. The penalty for breaking any commandment of God's law was and still is death. “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)

In the center of the camp of Israel was the sanctuary with two divisions, the Holy place and the most Holy place. Before the entrance was the altar of sacrifice; and there is where anyone who broke any one of God's commandments had to bring a lamb, confess his sin with hands on the head of the lamb, kill the animal and shed his blood. The priest will take on his fingers the blood and imprint it on the horns of the altar of sacrifice where the sin will remain till the day of atonement. The lamb died for the sinner and he went free back to his tent.

Millions of lambs were sacrificed pointing forward by faith to the coming Lamb of God. There was a day when John the Baptist cried aloud while pointing to Jesus: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

The Seed of the woman, Jesus, the Savior, for three and a half years was confirming the covenant with the house of Israel that He was the promised Messiah with signs, miracles, the testimony of the Scriptures and the fulfillment of prophecy. Many accepted and believed in Him as the Christ and Son of the living God, but in general “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11) Israel had been called to present the Messiah to the world, but they didn't recognize the Savior, sent Him to Calvary instead, and nonetheless fulfilled the prophecy.

On the cross, Jesus cried out: “It is finished” and died. His words were followed by an earthquake; in the temple the veil was rent from top to bottom, and according to a historian even the lamb escaped from the hands of the priest. The Lamb of God, once and for all, has offered Himself as a ransom for the redemption of the human race. When a soldier hit His side with a spear, blood and water came out. The sinless Son of God provided the redeeming blood to wash away the sins of whoever will. The truth is “without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22)

Before Christ came in, God's worshipers during long centuries, who offered lambs, goats and bulls by faith in the coming Lamb of God, had to wait for the blood of Christ to validate the remission of their sins. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4) Only the blood of the sinless Son of God has power to wash away sins.

“It is finished” No more lambs, no more animals sacrificed to God; the Son, the Lamb of God did it, a complete and perfect sacrifice. Satan could only 'bruise his heel'. The divine Son of God has life on Himself and overcame death with the resurrection of a glorious human body. (Luke 24:38-43; Revelation 1:13-18)

After Christ, as the Lamb, finished His sacrifice and made it available by free choice to all people, He ascended to the heavenly sanctuary to be the High Priest for whoever raises his hands for God's mercy. On earth, the priest had to apply the blood of the lamb with his fingers to the horns of the altar; in heaven, the High Priest has to apply the merits of His cleansing blood to the confessed sin of a child of God to appear forgiven in the books of heaven. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

God gave the Apostle Paul a glimpse of heaven: “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect... “ (Hebrews 12:22-24) These just men are not living spirits in heaven; it is the record of life of each one that is real and alive in heaven (the spirits) of all persons who ever lived on earth are written in the books of heaven to be shown in the judgment day. The Judgment (Daniel7:9-11, 13-14) began with the just men who died before Christ, but needed the blood of Christ to make their record of forgiveness perfect, and to remain with their names written in the book of life. The dead are all sleeping unconscious on the grave until called out on the day of the resurrection. (1 Thes. 4:16-17)

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)

The message of God for the last days, the everlasting gospel (Revelation 14:6-12) is going forward with the power of the Holy Spirit: Glory to God, the hour of judgment, and the worship to the Creator on His Sabbath-Day. The three angels message is sent to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, to prepare everyone for the Second Coming of Christ.

There are only two choices.

The one who confessing and repenting sends his sins to Christ, receives from the High Priest forgiveness and acceptance. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) In the Judgment, that one will “have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1) And his name will be written in the book of life to be rescued from earth at the Second Coming of Christ, and taken with the redeemed in the great spatial fly to the city of God. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

The second choice. The one who does not send his sins to Jesus to be forgiven, but keeps the sins alive on his body and mind, God feels sorry for him. He will be a victim of the seven last plagues (Rev. 16) together with anyone worshiping the religious confusion of the last days named Babylon the Great (Rev. 17) On his day of judgment, under God's mercy and justice, the verdict of death will bring only tears and pain when the flames are sent to purify the earth from sin and sinners. (Revelation 20:12-15)

Conclusion.

1- On the cross, Christ put an end to all sacrifices of blood with His own blood. “It is finished.”

2- God gave two great gifts to man. The Law, to save man from the troubles of lawlessness, and Jesus, to forgive repentant sinners and to save them from eternal death.

3- God's love is the foundation of the 10 Commandments. Love God supremely and your neighbor as thyself. It is His will for peace, love and order on earth.

4- God gave Jesus Christ as the Savior for all humanity, but within the time of the great controversy, human beings are to decide whom to serve: the Savior for life, or the adversary for death. You choose your future.

 

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