The Perfect Sacrifice
Jesus lay down his life so we could live. This is good news but there is more.
“So, it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord all males that open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem."
Jesus the first born
“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
– Isaiah 53:5
Jesus, the first born, given by God as our redeemer as a ransom for our sins.
“He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:18)
God offered up his only-begotten son so that everyone who believes in him will live. (John 3:16)
The day that Jesus was crucified will forever be a day like no other.
The day the father turned away, the son suffered pain for your sake and mine. (Mark 15:34, Matthew 27:46)
The day Jesus, took our punishment, bearing our guilt, shame and sin on the cross. (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4, 1 Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 9:28)
The day that expressed God’s indescribable grace as a sinner hanging on the cross was forgiven of his sin through his faith in Jesus alone. (Luke 23:43)
The day the curtain was torn in two, the initiation and divine representation of sinful man’s access to a Holy God. (Luke 23:45, Mark 15:38, Matthew 27:51)
The day Jesus declared – “It is finished.” – (John 19:30)
One sacrifice, once and for all
Jesus death, the beginning of a new way of living. Freeing us from an evil conscious, perfecting us forever and granting us access to God.
“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”
“Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Through Jesus’ sacrifice we have access to God whereby we can approach His throne boldly and with confidence (Hebrews 10:19-22).
What was lost with Adam is gained in Christ’s finished work at Calvary.
Praise the Lord!
Father, we thank you for sending your son Jesus to die in our place on the cross. We thank you Father that through his sacrifice we can live in fellowship with you as your children and co-heirs with your son. In him and him alone do we place our hope, and confidence as our High Priest and anchor for our souls.
In Jesus name.