Jesus Christ’s sacrifice: More than enough

Hebrews-9-28From Hebrews 9:28 (KJV) comes the Verse of the Day for June 2, 2015:

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The same verse is rendered in the New Living Testament in this way:

So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) also reminds us of the sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ:

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

In thinking about the precious blood of the Lamb, we also recall the words of the Lord Jesus spoken in Matthew 26:28(NLT):

For this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

Jesus Christ was recognized as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world by means of his blood sacrifice. Indeed, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. Conversely, the same truth is expressed this way: with the shedding of blood, there is remission of sins.

A number of years ago during the week celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I reflected upon the wholeness that believers receive as a result of the ultimate sacrifice expressed in the passion of Jesus Christ. From that time of reflection came this statement in response to a series of questions:

More than Enough

How much is enough?

Can you measure the length of each scar on his back?

Can you trace the depth of each gash and follow each track?

Can you extract and analyze sweat, like drops of blood?

Can you remove water and blood and then weigh the good?

Can you collect the tears and hold them in a vial?

Can you assess the shame and disgrace of trumped up trial?

How much is enough?

One more mocking bow, one more man to spit in his face,

One more taunting gesture, one more mark of disgrace.

One more lash, one more gash, one more blow to the head,

As he endured the cross, despising the shame as he bled.

To smash once more, one blow short of certain death.

He cried, “It is finished” then yielded his last breath.

How much is enough?

Who can assess the worth of his blood and establish a price

For the precious Lamb of God, unblemished, sinless sacrifice?

God’s bounty of mercy is sufficient. His deep love will suffice.

Despite the deficit, God balances each account to set it right.

Where sin once had free reign, now grace has abounded instead.

The Lord himself provided the Lamb, whom He raised from the dead.

In His gracious goodness Jehovah-Jireh reminds us

That He is more than enough, yes, so much more than enough.

In personalizing the sacrifice of the Savior, I thought of the song with a similar title “More than Enough” performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

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