What is the Sacrifice?

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Good Morning!  Or perhaps good afternoon or evening depending on when you are reading this!  This morning I’ve come across a verse in John chapter two that has fascinated me.  It’s found in verse 14 and reads…

John 2:14 (ESV)  In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.

Have you ever wondered about why three different types of sacrifices were offered for sale?   As I researched this, many theologians believe that a young bull, a lamb, and a dove or pigeon could all be sacrificed.  But, why so many different choices?  Most believe that it had to do with an individual or a family’s financial ability.

Obviously each of these had a different price tag.  Throughout history a bull would always cost more than a lamb and a lamb would cost more than a dove.  Almost anyone could afford a dove but few could afford to give a bull. Why not just offer an expensive sacrifice and expect people to work harder and save longer in order to have their sins removed?  Surely it’s worth it.  Why reduce the cost so that even the poorest person could come to the temple, buy a sacrificial animal and present it to the Lord?  There is an inclusive nature here that I believe speaks to the heart of God.  In 2 Peter 3:9 we read…

2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)   The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

It is God’s desire that every person in the river bend come to repentance and be saved.

EVERY PERSON BEING SAVED IS GOD’S WILL.

God wants them all to come back to him.  It’s where we were all created to be!

Now with that being said, what can we expect as we set our focus on winning the lost in the river bend, Illinois, our nation, and the world?  We can expect that God is on our side and we are working with him!  We are engaged not in our work, but in HIS work!

Two final things, and a prayer request.  First, let’s always remember that everyone is welcome at Abundant Life regardless of race, gender, economic standing, education, age… anything.  Second, lets always bring the best that we can to the Lord.

Today let’s pray that the Lord would grant us to reach EVERYONE and that he would provide the resources for this work.

Blessings!

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