Christ sacrifice - one acceptable perfect?

I had a friend who told me that Christ sacrifice on the cross was the one, holy, perfectly acceptable sacrifice to God the Father for the expiation of our sins.

What on earth does that mean? Is that statement authentically Catholic? Can someone please break that sentence down for me?

In the Old Testament different animals were sacrificed for different reasons. The lamb was the sacrifice for sins. Only thing is, under that law if you sinned again, you had to sacrifice another lamb. John the Baptist in John 1:29 says, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” This is, I believe, what is meant. Jesus was the perfect Lamb, for in Old Testament sacrifices each animal had to be perfect for it to count for anything. If someone had a spotted lamb, when a white one was called for, it wouldn’t be acceptable. Jesus was perfect. He had no “spots” on him. No sin, nothing that would have made him less than perfect.

This one sacrifice is all that is needed because Jesus died for all sins, for everyone. He can’t be resacrificed, only once was needed. This sacrifice is holy because He is holy. His blood was shed to cover our sins. Well, take them away. So it is a full sacrifice, and no one is excluded. So, Holy because he is holy, one because of Him we need no other, perfectly acceptable to God because Jesus was God in the flesh. Only God could pay the “ransom” for our sins. There was no way we could do it on our own. I believe all this is Catholic, but if I’m wrong in something, I’m sure I’ll hear about it. Does this help? :hmmm:

What does Paul mean then in Colossians 1:24 “…in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church?”

D-R Bible, Haydock Commentary:

Ver. 24. And fill up those things…in my flesh for his body, which is the church.[5] Nothing was wanting in the sufferings or merits of Christ, for a sufficient and superabundant redemption of mankind, and therefore he adds, for his body, which is the church, that his sufferings were wanting, and are to be endured by the example of Christ by the faithful, who are members of a crucified head. See St. Chrysostom and St. Augustine. (Witham) — Wanting. There is no want in the sufferings of Christ himself as head; but many sufferings are still wanting, or are still to come in his body, the Church, and his members, the faithful. (Challoner) — St. Chrysostom here observes that Jesus Christ loves us so much, that he is not content merely to suffer in his own person, but he wishes also to suffer in his members; and thus we fill up what is wanting of the sufferings of Christ. (St. Chrysostom) — The wisdom, the will, the justice of Jesus Christ, requireth and ordaineth that his body and members should be companions of his sufferings, as they expect to be companions of his glory; that so suffering with him, and after his example, they may apply to their own wants and to the necessities of others the merits and satisfaction of Jesus Christ, which application is what is wanting, and what we are permitted to supply by the sacraments and sacrifice of the new law.

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