Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Maybe you've wondered why the Old Testament has so much to say about sacrifices and offerings. The first murder in the Bible came about when Abel's offering was accepted by God and Cain's wasn't. In the Book of Leviticus, you find chapter after chapter full of detailed instructions to the priest of Israel about how to properly approach God through animal sacrifices and other offerings. According to Numbers 28 and 29, there were at least 1,273 official offerings each year, making nearly two million sacrifices in the years from Moses to Christ, not to mention millions and millions more private offerings. But every one of them was insufficient in itself to accomplish the lasting forgiveness of sin!
Next, turn to the New Testament. We find there a breath of fresh air! Carefully read what God says in the following verses from the Book of Hebrews.


"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" (Hebrews 10:11-14, ESV).
On the cross, Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, paid the price for your salvation with His own blood, then "sat down at the right hand of God," because the saving work He came to accomplish was eternally completed by that single sacrifice.


Have you thought about what Christ's sacrifice on the cross means to the believer? In the following verses, you will find several gifts that He obtained for you through His death. Look up these Scriptures and write down all the benefits you find.


Go back through each of the items you recorded in the section above. Think over what each one means to you personally. As you go through the list, thank God in prayer for the riches He has given you because of the sacrificial death of Christ.
If you haven't made these riches your own, you can right now by believing Christ and asking Him in prayer to forgive your sins and save you. He is ready and waiting!

My Comment: As I said before, I was raised in the Greek Russian Orthodox church as my Dad and all his family before him on the Russian side of the family for many many generations. The Russians became a part of my heritage when they came to Alaska to take over the trading of furs going on there. My Alaskan Native side (Aliituq/Supiaq) became Orthodox by force (die or become a Christian in the Orthodox church and become human). By the time I came along Orthodoxy was accepted by my people as truth.
Like them I believed their truth until I was old enough to read the Bible and still I did not study to learn what it meant which left me open to follow others into a cult. It was a Catholic based cult so it was close to what I had been raised to believe and the leaders controlled the peoples minds the same way.
Like the Priest of the old testament the Priests I grew up with and the Priests of the cult taught sacrifice and works were what saved a person. They did not teach we had to accept the gift of Jesus' sacrifice and live. Baptism was part of the salvation and yet that is contrary to what the Bible tells us in the New Testament.
Just before 911 I learned it was not through works or Baptism or anything that we are saved. Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again. To accept Jesus and the Gospel is to be born again. Loved one I pray you by faith accept His sacrifice of your sin so you may live.
Father God thank you for the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, thank You for sending Him to take our sin upon Himself and giving us the gift of life and freeing us from the bondage of sin. Help us never to place ourselves under that bondage again and to trust in You to take care, guide and teach us all we need. We praise You and glorify You for all You have done, are doing and will do in our lives. We are Yours and we want Your will in our lives. Amen

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