Measure Twice, Cut Once

Western Theological Seminary Students

READ : Hebrews 10:5-14

While helping my father on the farm he taught me by example to do things right the first time so you don’t have to do them again. Whether it was putting the hay bales on the elevator sideways so they wouldn’t catch on the sides, or driving the tractor at a certain speed, he was always as pleased with how well I did a job as he was with its completion. “Measure twice, cut once,” the saying goes.

Our heavenly Father did a good deed for us once for all. He did it so well that we need never worry about doing it over again. He measured the cost of sending his Son to the cross twice. He knew what agony it would cause, but he also knew what joy and victory it would bring. Jesus completed that task done only once in history. He brought us back to our Creator. His work is effective for all time. He did it right the first time so we don’t have to finish what he started.

Friends, rest in God’s work superbly done. Jesus offered himself for us that we might have peace. Do you know that peace? Rest in Jesus’ work on the cross.

– Steve Hemmeke


Gracious God, thank you for your full salvation which offers us forgiveness for our sins once for all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.