I am married to a wonderful wife… a lady with some perfectionist tendencies – a detail person! She goes through the house shutting off lights… she will reach down and pick a “speck” off the floor… on her walks through the neighborhood she is in the habit of picking up “other people’s garbage”… when she cleans the house there’s clean and then there’s “Sharon clean.” I could go on… (Oh… and her husband? He’s not so much like that … God knew I needed a spouse like Sharon! Drive’s me “nuts” sometimes, but I’m getting better I think.) When Sharon tackles a task and finally utters the words, “Well that’s done – I’m finished with that!” or “OK… good enough!” … It really is! It’s quite an accomplishment!
Sharon finishing something up to her standards is one thing – Christ’s completion of our salvation is quite another! Here’s what the inspired writer of Hebrews had to say about that…
“By God’s will we have been sanctified [set apart and made holy] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL! Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered FOR ALL TIME A SINGLE SACRIFICE FOR SINS, HE SAT DOWN at the right hand of God… FOR BY A SINGLE OFFERING He has perfected FOR ALL TIME those who are being sanctified!” (from Hebrews 10:10-14)
There it is… Christ’s sacrifice – His offering of His own blood as the sacrifice adequate to cleanse us from our sin, satisfy the righteous demands of a holy God, and save us, was decisive – a “once for all” sacrifice – a completely adequate redemptive act! After all, John’s gospel reports, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (to fulfill the Scripture) … said, ‘IT IS FINISHED!’ bowed His head and gave up His spirit!” (John 19:28-30) He insured that our salvation was fully adequate – complete in every detail! I’m grateful for a God of detail aren’t you?