7.26.2012

The Intimate Sacrifice

Ed Welch, on how Jesus expresses the physical symbols of the OT sacrificial system in spiritual realities:
If this sounds technical and ritualistic, you are missing the story. It is all very intimate. 
We are brought into the temple, the place of God's presence. 
We lay hands on the Lamb of God. Our sin and shame are transferred to him as he identifies with us. 
When the sacrifice is completed, the Priest sprinkles cleansing blood on us, and the temple curtain that separated us from the most holy areas of God's presence is torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51). The final barrier between God and us is gone. 
We are invited to a fellowship meal, which we now call the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). 
Once you lay hands on the Lamb, everything changes. 
— Ed Welch, "Shame Interrupted", p. 191

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