Dec. 20. Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb of God for the World

Many people would rather believe a lie than the truth because the truth hurts. Jesus spent His entire earthly ministry preaching the truth. Those who were hurt and angered by His truths succeeded in having Him arrested. Even one of His twelve closest associates, Judas betrayed Him to those who wanted Him dead (Mt. 26:47-50).

After a hurry-up mock trial, the Jews turned Jesus over to the Roman soldiers to crucify Him on a cross. Crucifixion was used to execute the worst of bad criminals of that time.

However, His death was different. He was the Son of God and Savior of mankind. Total darkness covered the earth for three hours during His time on the cross (Mt. 27:45). The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died.

The temple veil was not an ordinary curtain. It separated the holy place from the most holy place (Ex. 26:33). Only the high priest could enter the most holy place and that was only once a year (Heb. 9:7).

Among the many ceremonies and sacrifices of the Mosaical Law, it was necessary for the Jewish people to bring various offerings for their sins (Lev. 4:1-6:7). They could only access God through the priests. The priests approached God through the high priest. Then the high priest would offer a sacrifice for his own sins. After which, he would enter the veil to the most holy place/holy of holies to meet God and offer a blood sacrifice for the people (Heb. 9:7).

Upon His death and the temple veil being removed, Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb to remove our sins. John stated, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29).

In this, the Christian Dispensation, Jesus became and is our High Priest (Heb. 7:26-28). All Christians are priests (I Pet. 2:5) and with the veil being destroyed, we now have direct access to God by prayer through our High Priest, Jesus.

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