1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
16 “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,”
17 then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
In these blessed words of God lie the essence of the Christmas story. Not only that God came in flesh (“God with us”) but that God came to do something wonderful for us.
That Christ himself became the ultimate offering for our sins cannot be missed if one is to know the true meaning of the birth of Jesus. The good news of Christmas is that in Christ alone our fatal flaws are consumed and done away with. By the body of Jesus and the Father’s love for sinners demonstrated by his crushing of Jesus’ physical body, sin and it’s consequences are done forever.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
The gospel promises given here should cause all who trust in Jesus Christ to have unspeakable joy for what God has done. Our helpless and hopeless state of sinfulness and resulting death has been transformed into blessed confidence and life that springs from our thankful hearts like a well of life giving water. Never again will God remember our sins because Christ got a body and gave it so we sinners can live forever as God’s own purchased possessions.