Article 21 - the Satisfaction of Christ Our High Priest

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We believe that Jesus Christ was confirmed by an oath to be a High Priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.1 He presented Himself in our place before His Father, appeasing God’s wrath by His full satisfaction,2 offering Himself on the tree of the cross, where He poured out His precious blood to purge away our sins,3 as the prophets had foretold.4 For it is written, The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.5 He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. He was numbered with the transgressors (Is 53:5,7,12),6 and condemned as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, though he had first declared Him innocent.7 He was forced to restore what [He] did not steal (Ps 69:4). He died as the righteous for the unrighteous (1 Pet 3:18).8 He suffered in body and soul,9 feeling the horrible punishment caused by our sins, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44). Finally, He exclaimed, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me (Mt 27:46)? All this He endured for the forgiveness of our sins.

Therefore we justly say, with Paul, that we know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor 2:2). We consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus [our] Lord (Phil 3:8). We find comfort in His wounds and have no need to seek or invent any other means of reconciliation with God than this only sacrifice, once offered, by which the believers are perfected for all times (Heb 10:14).10 This is also the reason why the angel of God called Him Jesus, that is, Saviour, because He [would] save His people from their sins (Mt 1:21).11

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