Hebrews 9:24-28
For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Sacrifice is a gory part of the old testament and I cannot imagine how horrid the sight must have been for many. I recently was asked by a dear friend who is Hindu about the need for blood sacrifices by God as the whole thought of blood and gore repelled her and I wish I had read this chapter before I responded. We know that Jesus was God’s own son who was sent into this world to live among us and die for us because the Bible tells us so time and time again. In fact the Jews who do not accept Jesus Christ as their messiah are still awaiting a messiah to come and establish them as God’s own people because of God’s promises in the old testament. What was the purpose of all the blood sacrifices and is Jesus’ blood sufficient to cover the sins of the whole world?

Blood is vital for life and therefore the significance of blood sacrifice in the old testament was to pay for the sins of the one who was sacrificing. When we sin, we lose favor with a holy and perfect God and in God’s sight, a lie, ill thoughts or even murder are all sin, none the greater or lesser because to a holy God, it is unacceptable. The sacrifice was not just any animal but specific ones that portrayed holiness and purity like lambs and doves and they had to be clean and unblemished. They paid for a few sins but could never pay it all. Jesus, being the only son of God, lived a pure and sinless life and when he was sacrificed on the cross became the perfect sacrifice for all mankind’s sins. That one sacrifice stopped the need for stopgap animal sacrifices and tore the curtain that prevented man from accessing God like in the old testament sanctuary. Christ became the high priest who would speak to God on behalf of all who put their trust in Him. Is Christ your High Priest and are you washed in the blood of the lamb of God?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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Comments
  1. I think you handled the issue of all the blood really well. I have a friend in Israel and chickens are still sold as a means of sacrifice in the markets, as a way to make atonement. She goes through and softly sings and prays of Jesus being the lamb who takes away the sins of the world. 🙂 God bless you, Vineet!

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Debbie,
    As always, all glory be to God who gives us the wisdom when we seek Him. I cannot imagine sacrificing anything for my brokenness because that animal/bird does not deserve to pay for my unrighteousness and when I place Jesus in place of that animal/bird, it really kills me that I had to kill someone to be my righteousness 😦 But the great news is that Jesus lives victoriously and in His death and resurrection, so do I 🙂
    Blessings,
    Vineet

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