Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Pure Sacrifice:
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down from your forefathers but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
We don’t always think of silver, gold, or any of the earth’s elements as perishable. Each substance in our world has a point that causes its properties to break down.
We learned in science class in school that ice becomes water when temperature applied to it reaches 32 degrees. Then we learn that water turns into steam when water is heated with the temperature reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. These statements apply to all substances know to mankind. The only difference is the temperatures are various depending upon the properties of the substance. In essence, these substances become volatile; they actually are no longer referred to by their original state- they perish.
As parents we sacrifice for our children. We give up our time to provide transportation to meetings and events. Having had a child who needed extra medical care, including hospital stays, we know the time and resources we used to care for our son. We did it gladly, because he was our son. Once, when he was in the sixth grade, we gladly gave up a Saturday to travel to the regional science fair at the state university in a nearby town. His science project had been selected for the event.
Jesus Christ is the lamb without blemish- no point of volatility. He is the only one who is able to open the book in Revelation. 5: 1-5. His Father sacrificed Him so that we might one day enter heaven and live there forever.