Today as I was reading in my quiet time with the Lord thoughts concerning sacrifice and results, some truths stood out to me. I am hoping some of these thoughts will encourage some of you, as they have me.
In my study, I was reading in I John 2:1-10.
1 John 2:1-2
2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
The question in my study was, “Why do sinners need propitiation?” My response was the following:
Righteousness requires justice. To excuse sin is to harbor, compromise, and yield to sin. We would be destroyed though for justice to fall fully upon us. Because God is not only Holy and Just but also Mercy and Love, He provided a perfect substitute for us.
As a considered the sacrifice that was offered on our behalf in the Person of Jesus what I saw revealed so much about our salvation!
Our salvation is completely tied up in the sacrifice.
In other words, the sacrifice is completely relevant to the outcome.
The results of our salvation are a direct correlation to the sacrifice made on our behalf.
Only a perfect being could make a perfect substitute.
It’s the nature of the thing/Person being offered that determines its effectiveness. To avoid confusion, let me clarify.
In OT times, the people would sacrifice animals. They were to be without blemish. It was not that God enjoyed the suffering or sacrifice of these animals, but He was revealing some paramount truths to the Israelites. He was revealing the horrible effects of sin, the justice that is required for sins, and the holiness of His own nature.
The OT sacrifices though were only temporary. They couldn’t completely eradicate sin or its effects. They were imperfect, sacrificial substitutes because they weren’t complete, but they portrayed the need that sinners have for a sinless, eternal sacrifice.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to comprehend the requirement of justice. Yet, when we see horrible evil, we demand justice. How much more does a perfect God abhor sin!
Because God is also Love and Mercy, He knew that He had to provide a sacrifice that would be complete, perfect, and eternal so He offered Himself.
I want to ponder that a bit longer…
He offered Himself.
Jesus reveals God Himself in this perfect sacrifice.
The Father Revealed
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
The heart of the Father and the nature of God is revealed in the Son. Jesus reveals that God is the perfect unity of Grace & Truth, Mercy and Justice, and Holiness and Redemption.
What Jesus reveals about our salvation is this:
Jesus was the Only One to fully satisfy the requirements for our sins’ sacrifice because He was sinless, human, divine, had power over death, and is eternal!
What this sacrifice reveals is that our salvation is:
Cancels sin’s power
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints![a]