Lamentations 1-2, Hebrews 10:1-18 • Key Verse: Hebrews 10:4
In many situations we understand that only certain things are acceptable. Show up for a
football game with a ticket to a baseball game. Think you will get in? Go to a concert
with an admission pass for an amusement park. Won't work. Try to get backstage
without a pass hanging around your neck. You’ll be turned away. It’s easy to come up
with example after example where there is only one way in; no others work.
So why do people understand this principle at the auditorium, stadium or amusement
park but think it will be different with heaven? Salvation is through Jesus, nothing else,
not even through sacrifice.
God had given His people rituals that symbolized the covering of their sins. These
pointed to Christ’s atoning death for sinners, looking forward to the ultimate sacrifice,
Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of all people. His sacrifice eliminated all need for
other sacrifices and eliminated those sacrifices totally. We read that “it is impossible for
the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (10:4). Nothing else can accomplish
what Christ alone did on Calvary’s cross.
We need to know this so that we do not wrongly think that there is some other way into
heaven. There is only one way, and it is Jesus. No sacrifice we offer, no deeds we do,
no gifts we bring, will work. Just Jesus.
Friend, be sure you are saved. If you are hoping in some other way, you will be
disappointed. Salvation is found in Jesus alone.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett