Monday, August 10, 2015

What is Sacrifice?

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen 22:2)

The very definition of sacrifice. God made a promise to Abraham, and then appeared to make it impossible to fulfill. Abraham would have treasured his only son and looked forward to the fulfillment of more of that big promise from God. Notice that God told Abraham the bad news right at the starting point of the journey. No mystery in why the man and his kid were taking off for the mountains. While Abraham wisely withheld the reason from the boy's mother, he had to travel with that terrible knowledge. We get a lot of bad news at the start of our Christian journey.

The world will hate you because it first hated Me; they will throw you out of the synagogues, and whoever kills you will think he is doing God a favor, and other such things Jesus said to the disciples at they began the journey. On the other hand, we don't have to wait to arrive at the mountaintop as Abraham did to learn of a substitute for the terrible sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross in our place. We get to know some great things about the mountaintop before we arrive there too. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us. Jesus will return and take us there. Where Abraham had to walk in faith under what looked like his son's death row stroll, we get to know that our passing from this life is only the beginning of great things to come.

Have a wonderful day in Christ!

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