1. From the beginning God required animal sacrifice to cover sin
Verse Passage: Genesis 3:21 “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” – NIV
God provided animal skins to cover Adam and Eve. What does this have to do with sin? God used an animal to cover the original sin of Adam and Eve. Therefore it was an animal sacrifice that covered the original sin.
2. Mosaic Law required animal sacrifice to cover sin.
Verse Passage: Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – NIV
Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew that He has come as the fulfillment of Mosaic Law. He’s not just called the Lamb of God for the fun of it. He would be the final sacrifice for our sin. So Jesus was the Lamb of God and He came to fulfill the law. Which the law required animal sacrifice to cover the sin. But because it was Jesus who died, it was His blood that was more than sufficient to end all future sacrifices.
3. Animal sacrifice only covered sin, it never washed it away.
Verse Passage: Hebrews 10:4 “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” – NIV
We are told that animal sacrifice never took away sin. Which tells us that it only covered it.
Verse Passage: Hebrews 10:10 “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – NIV
Here we see that we were made holy (sanctified) by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once and for all. Jesus’ sacrifice did not cover sin it took away sin.
4. Jesus humbled Himself & died on the cross for our sins.
Verse Passage: Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” – NIV
On top of this we see in John 3:16-17 Jesus’ reason for His death. He just didn’t come to die for the heck of it. He tells us what His reason for dying is.
5. Jesus’ sacrifice is the atonement for all sin.
Verse Passage: 1 John 2:2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” – NIV
It’s by Jesus’ blood that all sins were atoned for. Not just the ones of that time but even the sins that we have done. Which is pretty amazing considering that it’s been over 2,000 since Jesus died and yet His blood is still washing sin away. It’s still good. His sacrifice is still atoning for people even in this day and age.
Benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice include:
A. Direct access to our God is through worship and prayer
Verse Passage: Matthew 27:50 “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split.” – NIV
We see here that the moment Jesus gave up His spirit that the veil separating God and man in the temple was torn in half upon Jesus’ death on the cross bridged the gap between God and mankind. Now we can enjoy direct access to God our Father through His Son Jesus!
B. The righteousness that we obtain through Jesus enables us to become worthy of receiving rewards in Heaven.
Verse Passage: Revelation 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” – NIV
Jesus tells John that He comes quickly to give every man and woman their reward in Heaven according to what they have done.
Jesus’ sacrifice and death frees us from sin and enables us to live a life pleasing to the Lord.
Copyright © 2018 by Jacob D. Olinger