Bringing the Text to Life
In football, the quarterback calls out a series of numbers before the ball is hiked. Sometimes these numbers are random. Other times they themselves are signals, letting the other players know what play the quarterback wants to run.
Christians can also designate a series of numbers that represent how God's presence will be played out in their lives: 24-7-365. It's not a very complex code to crack. The God revealed through Christ's sacrifice is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year God. No timeouts, no halftime breaks. God is present for us and with us every moment of every day of our lives. ("24-7" is Buster-speak for "all day, every day.")
God can be a 24-7-365 God because Jesus was a 1-time Savior. Jesus' sacrifice was once and for all. Through Christ's one act of complete obedience, he became the one intercessory "priest" we need. The sacrifice Jesus made once need not be endlessly repeated, as in the old sacrificial system.
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