One and done. Sometimes such a phrase marks a good thing but sometimes not. In sporting events there are often single elimination tournaments, where one loss or failure is a conclusion to a team’s participation in that event.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews could also have used that phrase, but it would have been a victory chant. He clearly understood what it was that Jesus came to accomplish and had accomplished through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. He wrote:
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.
One and done!
Jesus accomplished in His life, death and resurrection what the Jewish high priest could never do. Jesus was and is God’s absolute victory over sin, death, and the devil. Jesus lived the perfectly obedient life under God’s Law, then He gave Himself up as the totally innocent sacrifice for sinners. Then in total victory He rose from His grave to return to His heavenly home to be reunited with His heavenly Father. One and done!
Just as important is the fact that Jesus gave His sacrificial life for you and me! In Jesus¸ and only in Jesus can we say and celebrate, “ONE AND DONE!!”