Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As if your life depends on it…

Tonight at my Bible Study group we talked about the sacrifice of Jesus and the importance of the cross.  One of Jesus’ titles is the “Lamb of God.”  During the Passover, the Israelites were instructed to cover the top of their doorposts with the blood of a spotless one-year old lamb.  The lamb is a comparison to the perfect sinless son of God.  The lamb was presented to save the life of the firstborn in the Israelites’ households.  The Lamb of God is the sacrifice to save the life of those adopted into God’s household.  Without the perfect sacrificial work on the cross there would be no resurrection, no salvation. 

Life lesson:  There must be sacrifice

I began to think about how much time and effort I would spend to find the perfect lamb.  I would work diligently until I secured a lamb of the appropriate age.  I would inspect it carefully to make certain it was without blemish.  I would work hard to make it spotless and clean before I made the sacrifice.  After all, my son’s life would depend on it.

As I considered the work required for the preparation of the lamb, I felt hankful to be free from the old sacrificial system.  Then, I felt God calling me to realize that my life is the sacrifice He now requires.  While the work of Christ on the cross is complete, it should move me to lay down my life.  This sacrifice is a natural response to His act of love.  This idea is discussed 5 times in the New Testament Gospels, the writers say, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”  (Lk 17:33)  I am the sacrifice.  I am called to lay down my life to serve others.  I John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 

If sacrificing the lamb, I would work diligently to make certain the offering was complete and good.  What about my life?  Do I search over my heart with great detail, or am I quick to dismiss and overlook flaws?  Do I work hard to make certain my life is clean?  Do I realize my sacrifice can lead to resurrection?  “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”  (Phl 3:10)  The power is unveiled by being willing to conform to the sacrifice, death of self.  If I knew my son’s life depended on my attention to the sacrifice, I would get it right!  The life-plan God wants for me depends on my attention to my sacrifice.

Father God, thru the power of your Holy Spirit, help me daily present my sacrifice clean and pleasing to you.  I want to live from your resurrection power!

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