Jesus as Sacrifice

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:

Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the cross Amen

Read Hebrews 10 verses 1-10

Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach. Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshippers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will, O God”
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).’
When he said above, ‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then he added, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Reflection on Bible Reading:

This is where the sacrifice theory comes from. “Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Blessed are those who are called to his supper” Sound familiar you hear it every Sunday. Here the writer of Hebrews is saying that all the blood and guts of the old sacrifices is finished as God has sent a Lamb i.e. Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice.

Pray this prayer aloud:

Christ our God,
your love is poured out in death for our sakes.
Hold us in your embrace
as we journey through life.
Comfort us with the promise that no power on earth, not even death itself,
can separate us from your love;
and strengthen us to wait
until you are revealed to us
in all your risen glory.

Amen

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