You may be wondering what a lamb being sacrificed could have to do with you. Did you know that thousands of years ago a lamb was sacrificed to pay for the sins of the people of Israel? God called them His chosen people. The lamb’s blood was used for payment, as a debt owed to God. God is perfect and holy. The only way to become right with Him is a sacrifice.
Because nothing on earth is perfect many lambs had to die for the sins of men. But God sent His son Jesus Christ to the earth to be the perfect sacrifice for all mankind. He died and spilled His blood for you. Because now He has opened the door to all. That they may become His people as well.
Everyone on earth does what is wrong. We all know what is right and yet, we do what is wrong anyway. This is called sin. We have all broken God’s Law the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20) I am guilty of it and so are you. Everyone knows that lying, stealing, hatred, and adultery are wrong.
Jesus said that hate is like murder, lust is like adultery, and to worship anything other than God is idolatry. (Matthew 5) His wrath is going to come against all mankind who do not repent of their sins and follow Jesus.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on Him. John 3:36
Turn to the Lord and put away your pride and sinful ways. God does not dwell with the unruly, neither will He give favor to the slothful and lazy. He takes no pleasure in the ways of the wicked, or to put them to judgment. But He is patient, longing to see your once prideful heart turn to humility. He desires to draw you to Himself if you would become lowly of spirit and have a contrite heart to follow and obey Him.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
If you humble yourself and turn from your sinful ways. If you put your wickedness away from you and repent for your sins. Which are your lying, stealing, cheating, fornicating, hatred, prideful, and sinful ways, the Lord who is most High, will look favorably upon you. If you humble yourself before Him and in honesty repent.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Though you made Him angry because of your sins, He still seeks for you to come to Him. He will pursue you if you pursue Him. He will heal, comfort, and restore you to health. He will give you what He intended for you. If you have a lowly spirit and seek after Him and His ways. If you humble yourself and obey Him. He will have mercy upon you, forgive your sins, and graciously give you the gift of eternal life.
That longing for peace and satisfaction that you have been searching for in all the wrong places. You know what I am talking about. All the ways of this world, religion, fun, entertainment, things, and pleasures never gave you what you were seeking after, did they. He will give you. “Peace that passes all understanding.”
For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made. Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. I have seen his ways,
But I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:16-19
Isn’t that amazing? It is true! God loves you so much that He sent Jesus Christ to this earth to sacrifice Himself on the cross for you. He intentionally went to the cross, suffered, and died for your many sins and crimes against God.
Yet, He did nothing wrong, neither did He ever sin. He lived a perfect life. Always honoring and obeying God the Father. He was crushed for you. He poured out His lifeblood to take the entire Wrath of God we all deserve. That you deserved for your sins.
He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities Isaiah 53:7-11
Do you know this? He offers you salvation from death, the forgiveness of your sins, and an eternity in Heaven with Him? He has allowed you to live this long. He has brought you here to read about His Gospel, His good news. That is what Gospel means, after all, good news.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18
It is the best news you could hear. That even though you have been an enemy to God because of your sin. He wants to make peace between you and Him. Even better He wants to completely cleanse you of sin, instruct you in the right way to live and give you the gift of adoption into the family of God.
How often do you hear that a sworn enemy wanted to make you His heir? It never happens, except by God. He is love and His display of that love ways Jesus’ sacrifice for you.
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1
Don’t stay in the same state of suffering and misery because of your sins. Don’t refuse to turn from them and suffer the consequences because you enjoy that sin. This life is only for a moment compared to eternity. It is like jumping off a skyscraper because you love the adrenaline rush. But you didn’t put on a parachute. Why would you do that? For a moment of excitement. Think about it.
In your heart, you know the truth. You know what is right and wrong because God has given you a conscience. Don’t ignore it.
Now you know that punishment awaits for those who sin. Those who do wrong. But God paid for your punishment. He is offering you a pardon and forgiveness. Through the indescribable suffering in both body and soul, Jesus paid for your redemption. All because of His sacrifice He made for you.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed, and of this, He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31
Turn to the Lord today, repent, follow, and obey Him in every way. Please consider your eternal soul today.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and yet loses his soul.” Mark 8:36