Lessons for Living Today:
The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament, were for the purpose of atonement? In examining the meaning of the word I find it means reconciliation. In this case it means to bring mankind back into favor with a holy God. It may be better understood at saying “at-one-ment.” In sacrificing a perfect animal by the shedding of its blood, atonement was achieved. God built into humanity the realization that one is responsible for their choice of words and deeds and held accountable. Without accountability chaos reigns.
But we no longer sacrifice animals! Does that mean atonement is no longer needed? Did the sacrifices of yesterday take care of our disobedience today? Is atonement now outdated? God knew that the sacrifice of animals would not fix the human condition of sin. Therefore he sent Jesus, as his perfect sacrificial Lamb, to die by the shedding of His holy blood, to make ATONEMENT for our sins. That is why we no longer must sacrifice animals. Jesus became our sacrifice, good once for all.
How does Jesus’ death provide me with at-one-ment with God? John 3:16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted.” Acts 2:38, 39, Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
God’s Question: Have you come to Jesus for atonement?
God’s Promise: I love you!
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Jesus sacrificial atonement for even me.
I am sorry I take this for granted way too often.
Thank You for patiently dealing with me.
Help me share Your good news of atonement far and wide.