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    AN END TO ALL PENANCE


    AN END TO ALL PENANCE
    And in thy seed shall all the nations of 
    the earth be blessed; because thou hast 
    obeyed my voice (Genesis 22:18).
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    God chose Israel as a nation and blessed them. 
    However, every year, the priest had to atone 
    for their sins; an animal had to be killed on behalf of 
    the people. The priest will lay his hands on the animal 
    and confess the sins of the nation upon it; this was a 
    yearly routine. Think about that! 
    But  over  in  the  New  Testament,  the  Bible  tells 
    us  that  Jesus  Christ  was  God’s  spiritual  Lamb  and 
    He  didn’t  just  take  the  sins  of  Israel,  but  the  sins  of 
    the whole world (John 1:29). He was God’s perfect 
    sacrifice that settled the problem of sin forever. Today, 
    no one needs to kill any animal in atonement for sin. 
    Hebrews  7:26-27,  referring  to  Jesus  says, “For 
    such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, 
    undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher 
    than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those 
    high  priests,  to  offer  up  sacrifice,  first  for  his  own 
    sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, 
    when he offered up himself.” Also, in Hebrews 9:26, 
    we read,  “For then must he often have suffered since 
    the foundation of the world: but now once in the end 
    of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the 
    sacrifice of himself.”  
    In  some  parts  of  the  world,  there’re  certain 
    religions  where  people  punish  themselves  for  their 
    sins; they whip themselves and lacerate their skin as 
    penance for their sins. In some instances, the people 
    are laid on a platform with protruding nails, piercing 
    through their flesh with blood gushing out. They believe 
    this would atone for their sins. How sad! 
    O, that the world would know Jesus and all that 
    He  accomplished  for  humanity!  Jesus  ended  all  of 
    such penance. The Bible says there remains no more 
    sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26). You don’t need to 
    go through self-torture or self-recrimination because of 
    your sins; Jesus already paid the full penalty for the sins 
    of all men. This is the message of the Gospel! Christ 
    Jesus paid it all! 
    God’s not counting or holding your sins against 
    you,  because  of  Jesus  (2  Corinthians  5:19).  Jesus 
    already  bore  the  punishment  and  consequences  for 
    all your sins. Therefore, serve Him with your life.
    PRAYER
    Dear Father, thank you for the Lamb of God that was 
    slain for the sins of the whole world. And now, on 
    the basis of Jesus’ glorious resurrection, I’ve received 
    eternal  life;  I  live  in  righteousness,  victory,  health, 
    and all the blessings of Christ. Amen.  
    FURTHER STUDY:
    Isaiah 53:5-6; Hebrews 9:26-28

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