NEEDING A PERFECT SACRIFICE
Following the blog from yesterday, there is a glorious truth about the death of Jesus that we must remind ourselves of. The nation that descended from Abraham (Israel) was given a worship based on the shedding of blood as a continual reminder that the sins committed had to be “atoned” for. That word “atone” just means that God’s holiness and righteousness must be satisfied in some way. The only way that could be done was with “a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19), which means it had to be a sinless sacrifice.
The priests in the Old Testament offered thousands upon thousands of animal (blood) sacrifices, but none of them were sinless. Listen to the words of Hebrews 4:15; “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” In other words, Jesus was the only man who understood our condition, and at the same time totally sinless. Was He ever tempted by Satan? O yes! In the wilderness before He began His ministry (power, food and trust), Satan did his best, hoping to make Him fail (Luke 4:1-13). That is why He can “sympathize” with us.
There was no way you or I could offer a sacrifice for ourselves because we are tainted by sin. We needed someone that would appease God. GOD PROVIDED! Jesus, who is “without sin” offered Himself! “For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:13–14).
The purpose of His sacrifice is to justify us before God and make us suitable for His service.
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