“Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4 

Jesus said that He came, not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. That meant that either He lived it to perfection as an example to us, or He satisfied its full requirement as in the case of the ritual sacrifices.

The writer of Hebrews puts it this way: “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-4)

The blood of the Old Testament sacrifices pointed to our need for a true and righteous sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, a sacrifice which Christ provided in the giving of Himself: “But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:11-12). And “when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12)

There is no need for further sacrifice. As the hymn writer put it: “Jesus paid it all; all to Him I owe.”

Jesus is “the culmination of the Law.” Have you trusted Him for your salvation?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church