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What Did Jesus Do?
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” - Hebrews 10:12-14 

    There was a popular “guilt trip” being passed around recently called “What Would Jesus Do.” The campaign, complete with pretty, plastic pastel bracelets, was designed to aid in decision-making when faced with a moral crisis. But the issue is not “What would Jesus do,” but “What did Jesus do.” Our text tells us in no uncertain terms precisely what He did; no pity here, no pathos, and no unrequited effort.

    What did He do? (Read Hebrews 10:10-18).

  1. V. 12 – He offered one effectual sacrifice that was of eternal value and finished the work that He came to do. He sat down. If His sacrifice were nothing more than an effort to save, then He would yet be standing and sacrificing (v. 11). Instead, He sits (Phil 2:9-11).

  2. V. 13 – He waits in expectation till everyone who has opposed Him is brought to bow at His feet. In truth, they are already under His absolute control; they are His footstool. They are under His authority (John 17:2).

  3. V. 14 – By His one offering He has made all for whom He died to be holy. He has equipped them for all eternity, and their state will never be altered or diminished. He has made them perfect before God.

  4. vv. 15-16. By His one offering He has ratified the Covenant of Grace, an eternal covenant, in His blood. He fulfilled the Old Covenant, killed it, took it away. He put His Word in the hearts and minds of His sheep, giving them (by the gift of faith) understanding of all that they will hear concerning Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15-16; 1 John 5:20). Because He has ratified this covenant, all who are named therein have received all that God has ordained for them (Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 9:11-14).

  5.  V. 17. By His one offering, He made it so that God could be just and justify those for whom the sacrifice was made. Since this one offering completely paid the sin-debt of the elect, not one of them will ever be charged with any sin. They are perfect before God. It is as if they never sinned (1 John 3:9; Romans 8:33; 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 1:30.

  6. V. 18. Because of His absolute success, no other sacrifice will ever need to be offered. Sin is put away, righteousness is imputed, law and justice are satisfied, and all for whom the offering was made are redeemed, holy, righteousness, wise unto salvation, perfect and complete – and that will never change! They have eternal life (John 10:27-30).
    Find – if you can – in these words one iota of pity, one breath of discouragement, one hint of failure. This is what Jesus did, and all glory and praise belongs to our Great Lord and Savior, our Great Prophet, our Great High Priest and Redeemer (Revelation 5:9-14).
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