THE FIVE SACRIFICES OF JESUS
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.
A Creature Claiming Protection:
- Feb 18 (Lent 1) — Jesus as the Burnt “Gift" Offering. (Leviticus 1)
- Feb 25 (Lent 2) — Jesus as the Grain "Praise" Offering (Leviticus 2)
- Mar 4 (Lent 3) — Jesus as the Peace & Fellowship Offering (Leviticus 3)
A Sinner Craving Pardon:
- Mar 11 (Lent 4) — Jesus as the Sin Offering (Leviticus 4 + 5:13)
- Mar 18 (Lent 5) — Jesus as the Guilt Offering (Leviticus 5:14 + 6:7)