The cross – a sanctifying event

”And by that will (God’s will), we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

On the cross, Jesus, as God’s Lamb took the whole of human depravity, absorbed it, bearing it to the end, totally convinced that God will use it for salvation of many people, proving His wisdom and power.

He is sovereign, after all.
The cross starts with God. Isaiah, the prophet has a vision, described in chapter 6 of his book. God made him “see” a few things:
-that He, God, is on His majestic, everlasting throne (the king Uzziah died that year); that He is a holy God – the angelic beings were proclaiming/singing/worshipping: “Holy, Holy, Holy”; that He has the means to clean Isaiah’s “un-holiness” and send him as a messenger to the people. Our God is a holy God.
Now, from the beginning God’s plan was to create a people (not a nation, not based on ethnicity) for Himself. [Christ] “…who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good…” (Titus 2:14).

That was the plan from the beginning.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…” (Ephesians 1:4)…In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Ephesians 1:7).

Christ’s sacrifice was pleasing God (Hebrews 10:5-8), sufficient, and final…once for all (v.10).

We were brought in a position of being (perfected) sanctified…holy (v.14).
Practically, we are being sanctified (growing towards Christian maturity).

”…I urge you, brothers…to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1, 2). Let us continuously offer to God our spiritual act of worship!