I was reading in Leviticus the night before last, about all the different sacrifices. How many there were! Sin offerings and peace offerings, trespass offerings and grain offerings. Some required a lamb, others a goat or a bull, or a pair of turtledoves, or even some grain!
But one thing they all had in common was the requirement of perfection. A lamb without blemish. Grain without defect. All pointing to the most perfect Sacrifice of all: Jesus Christ.
But as I was reading, God brought to my mind a different connection, one that I had never considered before.
He reminded me of Romans 12:1, which reads, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
We are called to be like those Old Testament sacrifices: holy, without blemish.
Of course, the key difference is that it isn’t through our deaths that we please God, but through our life.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world…But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:1-2a, 4, 5b, 10).
Called – created – to obey Him. To serve Him. To be holy as He is holy.
Jesus being our perfect Sacrifice doesn’t let us off the hook completely. Because of what He did for us, we can now live the life we were created for.
“I will try to follow You,” says I.
Says God, “Aren’t you glad I don’t just try?”
“Ah,” says I, “But You can do all things.”
“Ah,” says God,” But you can, too –
Through Christ, who strengthens you.”