~ Christ’s Sacrifice On Our Behalf—As Seen In The Old Testament ~
Throughout the Old Testament we see a foreshadowing of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ—The Messiah—in many different ways. Here are just a small sampling of some of the most obvious examples:
Adam & Eve ~ Animals were slain to cover Adam and Eve.
Abraham & Isaac ~ A lamb in the brush was a substitute for Isaac.
Joseph & His Brothers ~ We find his own brethren sacrificed Joseph. God used it so he could save his family and nation.
Israelis & The Passover ~ The marking door posts with the blood of a slain lamb allowed the saving of the firstborn sons.
Israelis & Sin Offerings ~ The blood shed by animals was a substitute atonement for their sin.
The High Priest & The Holy of Holies ~ Once a year the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer a substitute offering of atonement for their sins.
The Prophets & Their Prophecies ~ “Surely He [Jesus Christ—The Messiah] has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6).
The Bottom Line ~ The Son of God became the Son of Man so that the sons of men could become sons of God.
the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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