Hebrews 10 NIV
• 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.
•14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
• 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
These Hebrew worshipper’s sacrifices were an annual reminder for them of the guilt of their sin. They counted on sacrifice for relief from the penalty of sin and to temporarily remove the sin from God’s memory as well as their own. Today we have God’s incredible exception to those annual sacrifices. The blood of Jesus and the Grace of God have provided a way to remove the guilt of our sin from God’s memory forever…but our memory is still a natural consequence of sin.
The memories of confessed and forgiven sins can still hurt when they pop up but they are only meant to remind us to give thanks in that moment for our renewed awareness of the permanence and purpose of His forgiveness and Grace at work in us. “He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” and “where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”