Year after year, festival after festival, faithful worshippers of the one true God would sacrifice valuable animals and agriculture. But when would it be enough? When would God be satisfied, when could I be confident that God and I were on good terms? I couldn’t.
But this is why the arrival of Jesus is good news. The rituals were only announcements, signs that God was going to do something better and complete. Jesus offers himself, the perfectly obedient Son of God, as a sacrifice once for all.
God is satisfied, we can be confident we are on good terms with him. Jesus was the final sacrifice, and three days later he proved it by raising from the dead.
God, you and I are good, because I don’t bear the weight of my sin. Jesus bore it for me once and for all.
Written by Andrew Mellor