The blood of animals could only cover sin. Jesus' blood erases sin! We sometimes speak of the "Atonement," meaning Christ's sacrifice, but a better word is Propitiation. It means that, by the death of our Substitute, our debt of sin is paid, and God's wrath is turned away. As we start a new week with a new sermon, the author of Hebrews continues to hammer his point: that the old sacrificial system was a mere shadow of what Jesus has done for us.
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