The Atonement – Jesus' Death Is Not Repeated at Communion

The Atonement – Jesus' Death Is Not Repeated at Communion June 30, 2007

In our churches these days we have people coming from all kinds of backgrounds. I know that I probably have readers of the blog who feel the Mass or Communion in some way is a repetition of Jesus’ sacrifice. I wanted, therefore, to take this opportunity to share some verses which, to my mind, settle that point once and for all.

  • “Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” ( Hebrews 9:25–28)
  • “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)
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