When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. Above His head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. ~ Matthew 27:35-37 NIV
This morning Pastor Jon preached about “Passion FOR the Christ”. He pointed out through scriptures how passionate Simon Peter was when he acted by cutting off the right ear of the high priest’s servant, Malchus, when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden. He believes it was Peter’s intention to kill Malchus, but that Malchus may have ducked the sword swipe aimed for his head, thus losing only one ear. In any case, Jesus quickly restored the ear whole again to Malchus, for Jesus was not about to have one single event disrupt God’s perfect plan of redemption for man. Jesus must be sacrificed and scripture fulfilled.
I like the pastor’s phrase “One and Done” to sum up Hebrews chapter 7. Jesus competed our salvation completely – once and for all:
but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need – One who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness, but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. ~ Hebrews 7:23-28 NIV
High Priest Caiaphas, You are Fired!
Yup – One and Done.