Saturday, 24 February 2018

Jesus Christ - the Lamb of God - has ‘offered for all time a single Sacrifice for sins’ (prayers based on Ezekiel 45 - 46).

Ezekiel 45:1-25
We read, Lord, about 'the sin offerings, cereal offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel’ (Ezekiel 45:17). We thank You that all of this points forward to the single Sacrifice for sin made by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: ‘Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God’ (1 Peter 3:18). ‘We have been forgiven and made clean through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all’ (Hebrews 10:10). Teach us to look beyond the many sacrifices to the one Sacrifice: ‘Christ has offered one Sacrifice for sins, an offering that is effective for ever.’ Teach us to rejoice in our Saviour: ‘He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him’ (Hebrews 10:12; 7:25).
Ezekiel 46:1-24
We read, Lord, about the ‘offering’ of ‘a lamb without defect.’ This was to happen ‘morning by morning’ (Ezekiel 46:13). From these offerings , we look on to another Offering, ‘a single Offering’, the ‘once for all’ Offering of Jesus Christ as ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’. Jesus Christ - the Lamb of God - has ‘offered for all time a single Sacrifice for sins’ (John 1:29; Hebrews 10:10,12,14). As we read about the many lambs, we hear Your voice calling out to us, directing our attention to our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:36). We thank You, Lord, that ‘Christ’ is ‘our Passover Lamb’. We thank You that He ‘has been sacrificed’ for us. Teach us to rejoice in this - Through His ‘precious blood’, we are ‘redeemed’ (1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

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