Wednesday, December 6
Son of Sacrifice
Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-19, Luke 2:32
As we are nearing the day we wait for all year long, we look beyond the gifts and tinsel to praise Most Holy God for the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.
We find ourselves in a search looking for what might bring us close to God and forgive us for the wrongs we've done. Do you know if you are forgiven by God? Is it something we can do for ourselves? Is it a love offering that I could give? What about a monetary gift? ... can we provide a bribe, a wage, our time, a promise, our house, car, bank account, 401K, stocks, jewelry, education, abilities, family??? What? The search goes on but nothing found can take away our sin...
Abraham loved God and was obedient to God and did not disobey Him for Issac's safety. Abraham said to His son, Isaac, "God himself will provide the Lamb." Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, but God provided a substitute. God sacrificed his Son, Jesus, as a substitutionary atonement for our sins. Jesus willingly humbled himself and became obedient unto death - even death on a cross.
"I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens." Ezra 9:6
Have you ever prayed a prayer similar to Ezra's?
Have you searched to find forgiveness for what you've done wrong, a sin, against God?
What provision could be made for the sinful state we find ourselves in? Was there something I could do?
God provided a Lamb in Christ Jesus - finding the perfect redemption wasn't up to me - God already gave it. Like Abraham, we obey God knowing and trusting he has provided all we need for the forgiveness of sin.
The babe laying in the manger was God's sacrificial gift to us and the babe himself, the Son of Sacrifice, was a bundle of love, joy, peace and our redemption.
Take some time now to thank the Lord in prayer.
Thank you, Jesus, for coming to our broken world full of sin and despair. Thank you for showing us how to live through your life. Thank you for being the ultimate sacrifice for each of us who believe in you. Thank you, Son of Sacrifice, for carrying the cross and dying for me that I might live with you forever.
I'll Give Him My Heart (by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)
What can I give Him Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring Him a Lamb
If I were a wise man, I'd sure do my part
So what can I give Him
Give Him my heart
What can I give Him
But all of my heart