I have heard a phrase often spoken about someone who fails to get a second chance. It goes like this: “ONE AND DONE!” I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing, but I’m pretty sure that it was at the time of football or wrestling championships in high school. It was a statement of finality, and often an admission of loss or failure.
Was this the point of the writer to the Hebrews?
It begins in the first verses of our text:
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Heb. 10: 12–14)
This is most certainly not a “one and done” type of statement! Jesus didn’t need to repeat His sacrifice for sinners like us! He suffered and died then rose victorious over sin, death, the grave. And Satan himself was smashed on that first Easter morning. This was why Jesus could present Himself to God the Father. In fact, this was God’s plan all along! In verses 15-17 of our Scripture lesson we read:
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." (Heb. 10:15-17)
The bottom line is this: Jesus was not some “flash-in-the-pan’ “one and done” type of competitor who couldn’t sustain or support His victory. Our writer put it this way:
“Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:18–25)
We pray: Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Spirit, we offer our thanks and praise that Jesus and His work of saving the world is truly “one and done!” Help us always to believe it and share this wonderful truth! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.