Feb 25, 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 Grain Offering—Leviticus 2:1-13 + 6:14-18

  1. Have you ever been in a relationship that you felt was secure?  What was that like?  What did it take to maintain it?  
  2. Have you ever been in a relationship that you felt was insecure?  What was that like?  What did it take to maintain it?
  3. Read 2:1-3 and 6:14-16.  How is the grain similar to the “burnt offering” from chapter 1:1-9?  How is it different?
  4. Before going into meaning, lets decode the symbolic meaning of the grain offering’s elements.  What do you think the following symbolize?
    • Grain   
    • Salt  
    • Priests 
    • Priests eating the grain offering (Lev 6:14-18)
    • The Tent of Meeting 
  5. Given these symbols, what do you think the grain offering’s purpose was?  How is that similar and different from the burnt offering’s purpose?
  6. How is Jesus the fulfillment of the grain offering? 
  7. What does this dimension of the Cross tell you about our relationship with God?  How is this good news for you?
  8. What are some things that we do to make our own “grain offerings”?
  9. How might this be good news to someone that you live, work, play, and/or learn with?