Before Jesus’ death on the cross, the Jewish people could only have their sins “forgiven” once a year on the Day of Atonement. Hebrews 9:7 mentions this yearly practice. On this day, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies’ inner room and offer sacrifices for sin. Both for the sin of the high priest and the Israelites. If you were a Gentile, sin was not forgiven without converting to Judaism.

But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 9:7 (NIV)

Yet, despite the yearly sacrifices on the Day of Atonement, the sin remained.

It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:4 (NIV)

When Jesus died on the cross, he died for everyone’s sins. Both Jews and Gentiles who accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross receive forgiveness for all their sin.

When I read Hebrews 9 and 10, I’m thankful that I don’t have to wait once a year for some guy to sacrifice for my sin. I’m thankful that Jesus died for my sin and that I can pray to God whenever I want to. Hallelujah!

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.