It would be great if we could simply check some boxes, do some good things and offer an occasional sacrifice to be restored to our relationship with God.  Then, we could be in control and we could guide our own path…WAIT, that is what we try to do all the time.  God gave us the ability to choose to follow him or try to do life on our own.  The reality is, that when we try to do life on our own–follow rules, make sacrifices; we remain empty and incomplete. The Bible is a complete history of man’s attempts to reach God by their own means and the failure that brings.  God saw our inability to reach him, so he reached out to us.

Jesus is God! He made himself human, lived a perfect life–giving us a picture of who he is and how much he loves us.  He then died a cruel death on the cross for our sin.  He rose from the dead and restored a link between us and God the Father.  He watched as we were unable to overcome our sinful nature–then he defeated sin for us.  He made the law and the boxes obsolete.  He made it clear that despite our inability to reach him , he reached down and saved us–with a one time perfect and personal sacrifice.  Paul said it best in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That death made salvation by any other means–the law, sacrifices or even box checking–useless.  We simply need to accept the gift he provides and follow his lead to eternity.

God Bless You

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.