A few years ago I began reading through the first few books of the Bible, and a lot covered sacrifices and rituals the Israelites went through. There were so many rules. Rules about what could be sacrificed and what you could wear and different sacrifices for different sins and all these specific instructions that they had to follow. It wasn’t until I began reading about these sacrifices that I realized just how important Jesus’ sacrifice was for us.
Hebrews 10:11 says, “Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sin. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time.” And down to verse 14: “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”
Jesus’ death made a way that we are forever free from sin’s sacrifices and sin’s penalty. Jesus placed his own perfection on us so that we can be perfect. Not our perfection. God’s perfection.
When God confronted Moses through the burning bush, Moses didn’t feel perfect. He felt inadequate. Insignificant. Scared. Yet despite this, he chose to trust God and obey him. In the last verse of Deuteronomy, years after Moses helped free the Israelites from Egypt, it says, “With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel.” Because of God, Moses did crazy, impossible things. Like Bria the sheep said, “God changes everything.”
We don’t have it all together. We’re not perfect, and that’s okay because Jesus is. Jesus gave us his own perfection so that we can be free. And we don’t have to worry about following a bunch of rules to free us. We’re free, we’re perfect, through Jesus Christ.
And that’s pretty amazing.