Day 10: An Offering

cross-lucasThe Lord speaks to Moses and tells him that the people are to make offerings to the Lord. In our bible read through it is often at Leviticus that we stumble and stop. But lets take a step back for a moment.

All these offerings are about Jesus and they point to Jesus. Suddenly we are not reading a book about pointless and strange sacrifices, but we are reading a book about our beloved saviour Jesus where each offering tells us something more about him.

The Son of God made flesh is born to be an offering, the lamb to take away the sin of the world and an offering that encapsulates all the offerings of Leviticus:

He is the Burnt offering, he will make atonement for the people. – Leviticus 1:3-17. “He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall ne accepted for him to make atonement for him!” (1v4)

He is the Grain offering, Jesus is the first fruits (Leviticus 2).

Jesus is the sin offering, He covers us with his blood (Leviticus 4)

Jesus is the guilt offering, he pays our debt and takes away our guilt before the Father. (Leviticus 7)

Jesus is the fellowship (or peace) offering, He brings us in fellowship with the Father. (Leviticus 3 & 7)

Jesus is born at Christmas to be an offering on our behalf and he will be a sweet aroma to the Father. As Ephesians 5v2 says: “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Christmas is about the Son of God being an offering that is a pleasing aroma to the Father on our behalf.

*Painting by Lucas Cranach


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