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2327 The cross as altar

He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Heb 9:12 ESV

In the Old Testament God allowed his people to sacrifice animals as atonement for sin. In the ancient culture sacrificing animals was a well-known symbol for repentance and seeking reparation. For God, the sacrifices weren’t so much about the necessity for blood as it was about the fact that it pointed forward to the cross. Only by symbolizing the greatest sacrifice ever they had any power. After the cross, therefore, having fulfilled its purpose, the sacrificial system became obsolete. Yes, only one sacrifice counted for God, working its power over Old and New Testament, and that is the cross of Christ. On the cross the Innocent, the Lamb of God died, so that the guilty could live. The cross was the bloodiest altar for the worthiest sacrifice ever – atoning for all sin, fully and finally! Again, the cross wasn’t so much about the flowing of blood but about the showing of love: love, grace, mercy, forgiveness! These are the things that count for God.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the greatest love ever. Thank you that even I was included in the sacrifice of the cross. Amen.

Accept that his sacrifices was for you!

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