Under the old covenant, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year to offer blood sacrifices for the sins of the people. It was an important duty of the high priest of the Jewish faith. The sacrifices they offered in the Holy of Holies covered the sins of the people. That was the good news. But their efforts were also temporary. Those sacrifices were good for only one year.

The great news is this: Jesus came. He came to be offered as a sacrifice for our sins. Because of his death on the cross, our sins are paid for — for all of eternity. As the gospel song[1] says:

The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary

The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

It soothes my doubts and calms my fears
And it dries all my tears

It reaches to the highest mountain
It flows to the lowest valley

Jesus’ sacrifice gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power

What a great gift! We celebrate that gift at this time of the year. Have you accepted God’s great gift? It is the gift of forgiveness and salvation. If you have never done so, open the gift now, with a grateful and thankful heart.

It is truly the gift that “keeps on giving.” It is a gift that will never lose its power. No other gift on this earth comes with that type of guarantee!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
— John 3:16

[1] Andraé Crouch, The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, © 1966 Manna Music, Inc.