Jesus: Resurrected or still a victim?

Today, millions across the world will commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ fromempty-tomb the grave. What a glorious day that was! Jesus came into the world thirty-three years previous on a mission of love. God the Son became man, lived a perfect life, and offered Himself to the Father on the cross at Calvary as the ultimate sacrifice and payment for our sins. The moment before He died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Sacrifice for sin was over. Forever. The veil in the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem temple was miraculously ripped open from the top down. Jesus had accomplished what the Levitical high priests and sacrificial system had only foreshadowed.

Three days later, Jesus rose from the tomb! His sacrifice had been accepted by the Father. Jesus had conquered sin and death! He offers eternal life to all those who accept Him as Savior by faith. He is the only Mediator, the only High Priest we will ever need.

But in Catholic churches today, a VERY strange thing will take place. Those gathered will be celebrating the resurrection of Christ but they will also claim to be re-sacrificing Him again! Catholics believe at every mass their priests call Jesus down from Heaven to once again become a victim, turning bread wafers and wine into His literal body, blood, soul, and divinity and then offering Him as a sacrifice for sins. Attendees then line up to ingest the wafers and wine, believing they are physically consuming Christ. They believe consuming the consecrated “host” (victim) erases the punishment for small (venial) sins and gives grace to avoid large (mortal) sins. They believe the mass is a literal re-presentation of Jesus’ same sacrifice on Calvary. Today, Catholics celebrate the resurrection of the “Savior” but then go about trying to save themselves, thinking they can obey the Ten Commandments and merit their salvation.

“When the priest pronounces the tremendous words of consecration, he reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the Victim for the sins of man. It is a power greater than that of monarchs and emperors: it is greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man—not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal and omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.” – from “Faith of Millions” by Catholic priest, Father John O’Brien

We don’t receive Jesus physically into our mouths and stomachs. We accept Him as Savior spiritually, by faith. There is NO MORE sacrifice for sin. It’s finished. We don’t need human priests as our spiritual go-betweens with God. Jesus is our ONLY Mediator.

Repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior by faith. You cannot make yourself acceptable before God by perfectly obeying the Ten Commandments. We break God’s commands every single day. But Jesus died for your sins. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father waiting to be your Savior and Advocate. He is not on Catholic altars as a broken victim. HE’S RISEN! Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” – Hebrews 10:11-14

Pray to Jesus and ask Him to save you. Then ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches the Gospel and God’s Word without compromise.

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