1 Corinthians 5:7
God demands righteousness, and when His demands are not met, He calls for the shedding of blood for the remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). Throughout the Old Testament, sacrifices majored on the blood of animals, but they could never take away sins (Hebrews 10:4). God, in mercy, sent His Son to give "himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" (Ephesians 5:2). Unlike the Old Testament sacrifices, the Lord Jesus was a onetime sacrifice that offered forgiveness of sin for all. In shedding His blood, the Lord Jesus Christ became man’s sacrifice, and man need look no further than the shed blood of Christ for a means by which God is satisfied.
- (For smaller children) When a person sacrifices, he gives up something so that others can be helped in some way. Christ gave up His life so that we could live forever in heaven (John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).
- How is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ best described as a sacrifice? How does His sacrifice for our salvation cancel the need for any other sacrifices?
- To what extent did Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for our sins cost Him? What was the nature of His heart in offering Himself for us?
- Thank God for the sacrifice of His Son.
- Ask God to give you a heart of thanksgiving for His sacrifice.