Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).”
When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. – Hebrews 10:5-10
I love the Book of Hebrews because it goes so in-depth in breaking down what the promise of the coming Messiah actually means in very logical and explanatory ways. As most scholars believe it was written for Jewish Christians, the importance of explaining the connection between the prophecies and the fulfillment of Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah becomes paramount. If you’ve ever wanted a crash course in Messianic theology, this is it!
One of the questions Christians may be asked is why we don’t do the kinds of offerings anymore that we see in the Old Testament. Here, the author of Hebrews clearly dictates why that is and why the sanctification through the offering of Jesus Christ is “once for all.”
Let us not lose sight of this important truth through the Advent season. We have a way of compartmentalizing our faith journeys and our relation to Jesus. At Christmas he’s the beautiful baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. At Easter he’s our resurrected savior. At Pentecost, the ascending Son of God. But all of these stories are connected because in truth, it is one story. The same baby born in that manger would go on to give his life, once and for all, for all humankind – so that all who call on the name of the Lord would be saved. When Christ came into the world, it was to fulfill this divine purpose. Never forget that the journey of Jesus and our journey of faith does not begin and end in Bethlehem, it goes to the cross and the empty tomb and the Kingdom of Heaven.