Sacrifice is probably one of our least favorite things on our to do list. We are in it for me. But Gods Book is full of sacrifices. 

Various animal sacrifices were made in the Patriarchal age. God gave very specific designations of sacrifices to be made for specific purposes in the Old Testament. But all those were leading up to something special. They were made in anticipation of the great sacrifice God would offer. 

On this side of the cross, it is easier to see the glimpses of Calvary in the Old Testament. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac is a chilling reminder that God is willing to do more for us than he would ask of us.

Hebrews 9:11-14 tells us: 

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 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, 14 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.”

The sacrifice of the Son of God for the sins of the world is that scarlet thread of redemption which runs tthrough he Bible and ties God to mankind. This sacrifice is seen repeatedly in the New Testament:

  1. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith–Galatians 3:13-14.
  2. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God–2 Corinthians 5:21.
  3. Jesus was was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification–Romans 4:25.

How Deep The Fathers Love

How deep the Father’s love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen One

Bring many sons to glory
My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there

Until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life

I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything

No gifts, no power, no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ

His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

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