3-29-20 Journey to the Cross – Sacrifice

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Genesis 3:21 (NIV) 21  The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

James 2:19 (NIV) 19  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) 23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:12 (NIV) 12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–

Romans 6:23 (NIV) 23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Leviticus 1:3-9

Why was a sacrifice so important?  The sacrificial provisions in Leviticus and in the OT taught the Israelites that God can be approached with the blood of a worthy substitute.

John 1:29 (ESV) 29  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Lamb of God – Twila Paris (Performed by Cece Winans)

Verse 1

Your only Son no sin to hide

But You have sent Him from Your side

To walk upon this guilty sod

And to become the Lamb of God

Verse 2

Your gift of love they crucified

They laughed and scorned Him as He died

The humble King they named a fraud

And sacrificed the Lamb of God

Verse 3

I was so lost I should have died

But You have brought me to Your side

To be led by Your staff and rod

And to be called a lamb of God

Chorus

Oh Lamb of God sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh wash me in His precious blood

My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

Why is sacrifice so central to God’s plan of redemption and reconciliation? Why couldn’t God just forgive people of their sins without sacrifice?

  • The short answer is that sin deserves death, and only a sinless sacrifice could satisfy the wrath of God against sin.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) 1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 6:13 (NIV) 13  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

To be a holy sacrifice is to be completely set apart for God and dedicated to his service. If we are not set apart from our old life, we will not be useful to God.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) 20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

To serve God is the only reasonable way to respond to his mercy.

What does this look like lived out?

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV) 22  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The main problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the altar. – Anonymous

Discussion Questions: 

(For your Family, Online or Personal Study)

  • Read Genesis 3:1-7, 21. What are some of your fig leaves (false coverings)? These are just things you and I use to try to make ourselves look okay or feel okay about ourselves (good works, talents and abilities, religious duty and discipline, performance at work). Why is it important we recognize these thing?
  • Read Romans 12:1-2. Verse 1 begins with the word “therefore” which probably means the next verses summarize what Paul has written so far in the first 11 chapters of Romans. To the best of your ability (perhaps using the passage headings?), what is the basic flow of thought from Romans 1 to Romans 11, which 12:1 and following brings to a head?
  • Read Leviticus 1:3-9. From Romans 12:1 – What do you think the difference between offering a dead sacrifice (Old covenant system like in Leviticus) and offering ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) is?  Compare and contrast the two!
  • From Romans 12:2 – Why should we not be like the world? Who runs the world? What is the pattern of this world?  Make a list of 5-10 situations where you can easily contrast the way the world see’s or responds to things, and the way the believer is to respond.
  • From Romans 12:2 – What practical steps can I take to ‘renew’ my mind?
  • What is one thing you are going to do differently having heard and discussed this message?
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