Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; (Heb. 10:5)
None of the sacrifices offered throughout the Old Testament could ever take away sins. They were never designed to take away sins. The author of Hebrews makes that clear when he writes just a few verses later “every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins” (v.11). All the sacrifices in the Old Testament were designed to remind the people of their sinfulness and to point them toward their need for a genuine savior, someone who could truly deliver them from the bondage of sin, Satan, and death. Thus, we are told in Hebrews 10:5 that when Christ came into the world, he said to God the Father, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me.” Christ took on human flesh. He took on a human body and came to earth and did for us what no animal could ever do and what no mere human could ever do. He lived the perfect life of obedience to the Law of God, which God’s justice demands, so that those who place faith in Christ would be credited with his righteousness. And then he died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of those who place faith in Christ. Thus, salvation is simply a matter of trusting and believing in all that Christ has done for us. Christ gets all the glory for our salvation. We get none.
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