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God solved the problem of sin through Jesus Christ's sacrifice
Day 13

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     I think by now you understand how destructive sin is in our lives! It is pretty clear something had to be done about it, and that something had to come from God. Beginning in Genesis 3:15, God revealed His loving plan to deliver people from their sin.

     In Exodus, God revealed to the Jews it was necessary for them to shed the blood of innocent animals to cover their sins. This is called atonement. In Leviticus, the ideas of expiation (to make amends for) and propitiation for our sin (to soothe or win over; appease) became clearly seen in the word atonement. The sacrificial blood was the means of atonement. Moses, who wrote Leviticus said in Leviticus 17:11,

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. NASB®

     Shedding of someone or something's blood means taking the life from them, because life is in the blood. It took death to pay for even one sin, so God chose sacrificial blood as payment for a person's life. This allowed us to have a substitute die for us.

     God knew animal sacrifices would never bring complete forgiveness for people's sins, since the blood of animals had no power to take away their sinful nature, and intentional sins (Numbers 15:22-31). The only blood that has the power to take away all of our sins is the blood of Jesus Christ. This is because He is the One True God.

     God accomplished reconciliation with us through the blood of Jesus. This is because the punishment we deserved, Jesus took on Himself, when He shed His blood by dying on the cross. He is our substitute. He died in our place. His sacrifice made amends for our sins and satisfied God's just anger, so we could have our sins completely forgiven and be in a close relationship with God. What sacrificial love!

Life Application

     These animal sacrifices allowed people to be able to clearly see their need for the One and Only sufficient sacrifice for their sins, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. Read Numbers 15:22-31, John 1:29, Hebrews 9:19-28 & 10:1-4, 10-20 and 1 John 2:1-2 & 4:9-10. How does Jesus' sacrifice show you He loves you? Take some time and thank God for solving your sin problem through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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