Celebrating Christ’s Sacrifice

easterThis Easter season, we are reminded that Jesus did something amazing on the cross, when He willingly gave up His life, as a sacrifice lamb. Under the Mosaic covenant, the animal sacrifices brought only temporary relief to man’s guilt problem. However, 1 Corinthians 10:6 tells us these Old Testament sacrifices were given to us as examples. These sacrifices were symbolic of the perfect sacrifice which was to come, the Lamb of God—who “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:9).

In the Old Covenant, the High Priest entered behind the Temple’s holy veil into the Holy of Holies, to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the nation. At Jesus’ death, the veil was completely torn in two, symbolically allowing us access to where only High Priests were previously allowed (Mark 15:37, 38; Hebrews 6:17-10:23). We can now come with confidence into His presence, have access to the Mercy Seat and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Let’s celebrate this truth with our families this Easter!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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