Feb 18, 2018

The Five Sacrifices of Christ



For centuries, Christians have approached the weeks leading up to Easter as a time to focus on their need for God.  We have called this time "Lent".  While Lent rightfully reaches crescendo with Jesus's resurrection, a large amount of attention should be given to what accomplishes this:  The Cross.  It is in the Cross where all of our needs have been met by Christ.

It's easy for us to see the Cross in isolation and reduce it's meaning down to "forgiveness of sins".  Granted, that is GREAT news, but it is only one dimension of what the Cross accomplishes for us sinners.  Four others are outlined and foreshadowed in the Old Testament.  In order to explore these mutually beneficial dimensions, we will walk through these Old Testament sacrifices to see how Christ's death gives us more than we could imagine.

Scripture | The Burnt Offering—Leviticus 1:1-9

  1. In your own words, what do these words mean:  “offering”, “accepted”, atonement”?  
  2. Big picture:  According to this reading, what was the point of this type of sacrifice?  What does this assume about the offeror?  Was the offeror ‘required’ to make an offering?    
  3. Why do you think the sacrificial animal must come from the offeror’s own flock? Why do you think it must it be a male without blemish? Verses 2-3
  4. Why do you think the offeror must lay his hand on the offering’s head?   Verse 4
  5. What happens to the animal here?  What does the offeror do, and what do the Priests (“Aaron’s sons”) do?  Why do you think all these rituals were required? Verses 5-6
  6. How does the ritual end?  Verse 9
  7. Given what you’ve discussed so far, what does this ritual tell us about how God feels about our sin?  About our ability to atone for our own sins?
  8. How is Jesus on the Cross the fulfillment of this burnt offering? See Hebrews 10:5-10 + Ephesians 5:2
  9. What is the result for us?  Why is this comforting to us?