JESUS AND SACRIFICES

  • The New Testament reveals that Jesus is the fulfillment of the entire sacrificial system (Hebrews 9:15; 10:12; 14-18). John the Baptist, the gospel writers, Paul, Peter and the writer of Hebrews pointed out the connections between the Mosaic sacrifices and Jesus’ sacrificial death.
  • John the Baptist was the first to have made the connection at the very beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. John recognized that Jesus was the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Thus, he connected Jesus to the sin offering mentioned in Leviticus 4.
  • In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul’s affirmation that Jesus was “made sin” say be an abbreviation for “made a sin offering.”
  • The evangelists Matthew, Mark and Luke record Jesus himself making the connection between his impending death and the Passover lamb (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17).
  • Paul is explicit about this in 1 Corinthians 5:7. The Gospel of John linked Jesus’ death with the offerings on the Day of Atonement (John 11:49-52). The high priest made offerings for the entire nation before the mercy seat of God. Paul refers to these sacrifices on the Day of Atonement in Romans 3:25 when he uses the word propitiation or atonement. It was the work of Jesus Christ on the cross by which he appeases the wrath of God who would otherwise be offended by our sin and demand that we pay the penalty for it.

  • They mystery of Jesus’ death on the cross is that this was the voluntary sacrifice of the Son of God.
  • Jesus came to earth and lived a sinless life so he would be the perfect sacrifice for the punishment of sin.
  • Jesus lived a life of obedience, humility, love, and generosity. During his three-year ministry, Jesus showed God’s power over human life and creation itself.
  • He took upon himself the penalty of sin, so that every person can have peace with God.
  • On the third day God raised Jesus from the dead, proving that peace and life with God was possible for everyone.
  • When people believe and confess that Jesus died for their sins and was raised from the dead, they will find peace and everlasting life with God.

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