Devotion: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Our "Sacrifice" and His
God is bored with interminably repeated sacrifices and offerings that have no meaning. He had initiated those rituals and sacrifices in Israel, but only as temporary measures for the covering of sin until the Messiah-Redeemer should come. When Israel no longer had a commitment in worship and no sense of the importance of forgiveness and obedience, God said, "I cannot stand the empty motions you go through. I hate your rituals and feasts. They are a trouble to me. I am weary of them."
Ultimately, there came the word from the eternal Son, repeated in Hebrews 10:5:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, `Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.'"
This can be none other than Jesus, the eternal Son, the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. He has come to carry out God's gracious plan of redemption. Thus it is that by that will of God "we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Have we really accepted this word from God Himself?