Mar 11, 2018

The Five Sacrifices of Christ—The Sin Offering



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 Sin Offering—Leviticus 4:1-5 + 5:13

  1. Describe a time when you realized that you sinned though you didn't mean to. How did you feel about that?  
  2. Now describe a time when your sin (intentionally and/or unintentionally) reflected badly upon Jesus and/or the Church. How did you cope with that?  
  3. As a group, skim over the reading. What do you think the purpose of the "sin offering" is?  How's it similar and different from the other three readings we've looked at?  What type of sins does this cover?
  4. Why do you think there are different Sacrifices and rituals for different members of society?  
  5. How do you think Christ fulfills the "sin offering"?  (Hint:  Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10:1-10). 
  6. How is the fact Jesus fulfills the sin offering good news for you?  Someone you live, work, play, and learn with?