ATONING SACRIFICE

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

The Scene: An altar: made from natural stones; five (5) stones high and the base is seven (7) stones wide at the base/foundation with five (5) stones across just below the altar. In the Bible numbers, 5 represents grace and 7 represents completion and the  ministry of Jesus.  The natural stones are untouched by a mason’s tool, representing God’s grace, without the help of a man.

The fire is burning up mankind’s sin. Hebrews 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.

Deuteronomy 27:5-6 Build there an altar of stones to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool upon them. Build the altar of the Lord your God with field stones and offer a burnt offering on it to the Lord your God.

In the early days, the people were instructed by the Lord to offer sacrifices of animals without blemish. They were put on the altar and burned as an offering for their sins. Jesus came to replace the sin sacrifices (which did not erase mankind’s sin).

God provided the people  everything needed for offerings: rocks, fuel for the sacrifice, and His only Son, Jesus Christ. The people put forth little effort in comparison.

Jesus came that we may have life. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. None other is required.

Copyright 2015 Larry and Kathy

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