Seeing Jesus in Jewish Sacrifices of the Old Testament

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      Today’s question is about seeing Jesus in Jewish sacrifices of the Old Testament. Thomas asked this question. Let me play it in audio.

So, Thomas, thank you for this question. It is an excellent question. Christian life is about walking with our blessed Savior, Jesus Christ. Christian mission is to become like Jesus even though it is not easy. Christian study is the study of the Bible with an eye for Lord Jesus Christ. When study any portion of the Bible, always think about Jesus, because the Bible is about Jesus. When God was writing the Old Testament, he was writing every chapter with Christ in his mind. So, that is the rationale for seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. You asked about the Jewish sacrifices. 

       They also point us to our Lord Jesus Christ. We find 5 offerings in the Book of Leviticus. 

The Burnt Offering 

The Grain Offering 

The Peace Offering 

The Sin Offering 

The Trespass Offering 

The Burnt Offering is for the atonement of our sins. Christ is our atonement. He had no sin and he became sin for us. You said, ‘Jesus had sinful nature’. You are wrong. You are completely mistaken. The Burnt offering is about the sinless nature of Christ. Only a pure animal without any blemish could be offered in the offering. In the same way, our sinless Messiah became our atonement. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, 

For God hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

  Note those words: Who knew no sin. Christ had no sinful nature. He became sin for us. That is the point of the Burnt Offering. 

2. The Grain Offering: We read about it in Leviticus chapter 2. They take the fine flour with oil and frankincense. It signifies consecration and dedication to God. Christ was fully dedicated to God the Father. God said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.  Like the frankincense, his life was a sweet aroma to the heart of God. In the Grain Offering, we see Christ as the one who brought joy to the heart of God and of Christians. 

3. The Peace Offering: We read about it in Leviticus chapter 3. It is about peace between God and man. Christ is our peace. Our sins separated us from God. We were enemies of God. Through his death on the cross, Jesus destroyed that enmity between God and us. Now, we are reconciled with God. Christ became our peace. ‘No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, know Peace’ remember that bumper sticker on the cars. 

I cannot meet the demands of heaven 

I cannot resist the power of hell dragging me to a bottomless pit 

I cannot repay the debt of my sins 

I need Christ, Only hiding in Christ will provide me the peace that passeth all understanding. So, in the Peace Offering, Christ is our peace. 

4. The Sin Offering: We read in Leviticus chapter 4, a young bull without blemish was offering as a sin offering. Note those words: A young bull without blemish. It became the substitution for our sins in the sin offering. Christ became our Substitution. Read Isaiah chapter 53:5 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was  bruised for our iniquities

                   Isaiah 53:5 

The Messiah became our Substitution. Our sins were laid upon Him. That is the point of the Sin Offering. 

5. The Trespass Offering: When someone commits a sin, when they touch unclean things, they should realize that they had committed sin, they should repent of it and bring the trespass offering to the Lord. Repentance is the theme of this offering. God accepts our repentance when we go to him through Christ. We read in 1 John 1:9 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

                                                  1 John 1:9 

   In the Trespass Offering, Christ is our Sanctification. We are sanctified when we confess our sins. 

So, in these 5 Jewish offerings, we see a beautiful portrait of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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