Day 33

By Thine All Sufficient Merit, Raise Us to Thy Glorious Throne Day 33

Psalm 14:1-7, John 19:16-25, John 19:28-30, Hebrews 10:5-18, Ephesians 2:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11

BY Asheritah Ciuciu

When I was a child growing up in church, I was so put off by all the bloody sacrifices required in the Old Testament. From Abraham splitting animals in the covenant ceremony, to the blood covering doorposts in the Exodus story, to the many burnt offerings in Israel’s worship services in the temple. So much death! So much blood. 

Even as an adult, I’ll admit that I spent years utterly confused (and honestly, a bit bored) when my Bible reading plan took me through the sacrificial system in Leviticus. I’d sigh, I’m glad we don’t have to do that anymore, and then I’d move on with my to-do list for the day.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally understood the point of all those bloody sacrifices: they all point to Jesus. 

For thousands of years, faithful men and women worshiped with a deep longing for salvation (Psalm 14:7). Every time a Jewish worshiper brought a lamb to be sacrificed, he or she enacted a colorful prophecy of the future sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Every drop of blood predicted the blood of Jesus that would be shed on the cross. Every gasp as the sacrificial animal drew its last breath foretold the moment Jesus would cry out, “It is finished!” as He gave up His spirit and died (John 19:30).

One sacrifice to replace them all.

Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, forever fulfilled the need for sacrifices. So we now receive forgiveness by the work He finished on the cross. He died once, and was raised back to life so that someday soon, we will also be raised with Him for all eternity. And while Jesus’s sacrifice was necessary only once, we need to avail ourselves of it daily. 

While faithful Jewish people would buy their doves or lambs to be slaughtered, we receive forgiveness as a gift from our God, “who is rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4–5). So we come to Him, boldly and confidently, confessing our sins and receiving divine pardon because of what Jesus did on the cross. (1John 1:9–10). We keep confessing, and we continue surrendering ourselves to God, walking in obedience just as Jesus Himself obeyed all the way to the cross (Philippians 2:8).

And we wait…with deep expectation and with hearts filled with longing—we wait for the day when we will be raised with Jesus to His glorious throne. We wait for the day when we will be set free from our nature of sin and death. We wait for the day when we will finally see our precious Savior face to face, the joy of our longing hearts.

“Come, Thou long-expected Jesus / Born to set Thy people free!” We wait for You. 

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51 thoughts on "By Thine All Sufficient Merit, Raise Us to Thy Glorious Throne Day 33"

  1. Krista Branch says:


  2. Carol Crossman says:

    Face to face with Christ my savior, Face to face what will it be…another great hymn is brought to mind.

  3. Kristen says:

    These lyrics came to mind: Jesus, paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin has left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow! Glory’s to the Lamb and to our Heavenly Father!
    Prayers for you all!

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