Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Life Shape Prayer and Discipleship Module One Block Five – Sacrifice


Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death …

God so loved the world

Hebrews 9:22  And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Genesis 3:21  Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

God instituted ritual sacrifice for temporary reprieve – Even Cain and Abel had spiritual revelation concerning sin offerings.

Hebrews 10
1  For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
 4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
12  But this Man, (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Important Points:
1.   Sin requires death – Only blood can satisfy sin.
2.   Man’s impure blood is insufficient payment for sin.
3.   Animal sacrifice only achieved temporary reprieve.
4.   Only one sacrifice is sufficient to satisfy the eternal debt of sin.
5.   Jesus willingly died for you.
6.   God has a gift in His hand.

Key Scripture: Romans 6:23

Support Scriptures: Genesis 3:21, Hebrews 9:22; 10:1-14, Romans 5:8


God so loved the world that He could not stand to be eternally separated from mankind. He knew what He needed to do … pay for the sin Himself. The scriptures tell us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Man’s sin required a blood sacrifice. When God found Adam and Eve, separated from Him by their sin in the Garden, the scriptures indicate that God sacrificed an animal and, no doubt, used the blood to cover the sin and clothed them with the skins. From that time forward, God instituted a regimen of sacrifice and ultimately made a law whereby He ritualistically accepted the blood of bulls and goats as temporary payment for specific sins.

It was impossible, however, for the blood of bulls and goats to free mankind from the eternal grip of sin. If not, they would not have ceased to be offered. Only one thing could pay for the sins of all mankind forever … The pure blood of a perfect sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God … Without this, each and every person would be left to pay for their own sins with their own blood which would not be sufficient, seeing that it carried with it the sin nature of man. Therefore, mankind would be damned to eternal separation from God. The wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God found a perfect sacrifice in the pure blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus. Through this one sacrifice for all sin forever, the eternal price was paid, the debt fully satisfied, and a gift of salvation was now in the hand of God, which He freely offered the world so that all who receive should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus died an agonizing death fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy which says Messiah would be wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, chastised for our peace, and by His stripes we were healed. Jesus died to pay for your sin and His body was buried in a borrowed tomb.