We are called on to be a living sacrifice. In this we are to surrender our lives for the sake of a higher and more pressing claim. By doing this now we are much less likely to have to give up our physical lives in trouble that is soon to come.
In looking up the definition of Sacrifice
Noun: An act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure.
Verb: Offer or kill as a religious sacrifice.
SPS: Different aspects of Sacrifice
Challenge us to look at sacrifice in a different way
Not sacrifices that we have to make b/c we did something wrong
Clarify that we’re talking about sacrifice for the good night text eyes because we’ve done something wrong
Want to look at sacrifice in a different way… for the greater good
There were five different offerings in the sacrificial system, each with it’s own specific foreshadowing of our reconciliation with God:
Burnt offering: We are to become living sacrifices thus showing our love towards Him
Grain offering: We must show love to our neighbor by not committing transgressions towards him.
Peace offering: This shows the peaceful relationship and fellowship that we are to have with both God and man.
Sin offering: This symbolized the forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Trespass offering: This symbolized the forgiveness of our sins and trespasses against our neighbor.
These all show how God views sin; how sin affects everyone; reasons for righteous suffering; and all point to what would be accomplished by the sacrifice of Christ
Typically Sacrifices were made in OT times by unconverted people for the most part because they had done something wrong.
There is another definition of Sacrifice: the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
Example of Christ
What did JC give up or sacrifice?
His Godhood and Glory that He had for eternity
A relationship with God the Father [Matthew 27:45–46 “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me]
Power beyond comprehension…in and through whom ALL things were made
All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
through whom also He made the worlds;
Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Philippians 2:5–7 reads: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of GOD, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, TAKING THE FORM OF A BONDSERVANT, and coming IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN.”
What did he subsequently have to endure?
He became a human being flesh and blood
Even though He was perfect from the beginning – sinless throughout he BECAME sin [2 Corinthians 5: 21] and accursed [Galatians 3:13] for us. Completely unjustified.
He knew all of this was coming [knew exactly what he was in for] and He did it any way.
Now the important question for today…WHY did He sacrifice so much? Why did He give up everything He did?
Through His Sacrifice:
We can have God’s forgiveness for our sins
We can be reconciled to God the Father
The veil of access was torn that separated us from God
Reconciliation with God describes a process of becoming His literal sons and daughters. Without Christ’s death, we would still be God’s enemies and could never become His friends, let alone His sons and daughters.
CHRIST DIED SO WE COULD BE SET FREE from transgressions, sins, iniquity and our sinful nature. We were redeemed – bought back from the power that Sin and its origins have over us
CHRIST DIED SO WE COULD BECOME JUSTIFIED
He came to SAVE us
So that we could ultimately become completely and eternally reconciled, justified and free with God the Father as spirit sons and daughters b/c we can have Christ living His life in us
Did christ focus on what he was giving up by making the sacrifice he did?
Eph_5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Or did He have another goal to focus with greater potential
Christ actually gained by giving up.
Why did God become a man…so that man could become a God!
Can we fathom this?
What he sacrificed He did willingly for a greater return
I am sure that we will hear more about this as we head into the Passover season
What is the Sacrifice that God wants today from the converted
We are not called to make animal sacrifices or anything along that line.
We do not have to go pay a price for our sins.
Penance – catholicism
As if saying the same prayer said mindlessly 25 times would pay for the death penalty that is incurred for sins we have committed
For the most part, during our lifetime or over the last 100 years God’s people have not been asked to physically give up their lives.
There are some things that we may have to give up…
Notice what the apostles gave up…
1Co 4:9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
1Co 4:10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
1Co 4:11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
1Co 4:12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
1Co 4:13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
Talking about apostles / but is it also true for the disciples
Mar 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Mar 8:35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. [There are times like this that may still be ahead]
Mar 8:36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Mar 8:37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mar 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
What I am not talking about when it comes to sacrificing
What dreams did we have when we were younger that we gave up for the sake of the church?
we may give it up before we have it
Fame – Movies
How many times did the Sabbath or our belief system “get in the way”
Young rich man [look up “rich man” very condemnatory]
Luk 18:18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luk 18:19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,’ ‘DO NOT MURDER,’ ‘DO NOT STEAL,’ ‘DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS,’ ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.’ ”
Luk 18:21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
Luk 18:22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Luk 18:23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
Luk 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!
Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
The ways of the world…
Do we really “give up” anything in this respect
(compare to what jc gave up??? ….)
Is it a sacrifice to not have:
Slavery or Life time in jail
Sin is like a cancer that eats away at our Christianity and it enslaves us as Romans talks about
Is it really something that we should consider as a sacrifice – when we have to give up lawlessness, the unlawful, the wrong for what is right and good and lawful?
Is it really giving up if we shouldnt have it any way….
The first thought that I think that comes to the mind for the average person when they hear sacrifice is that something is taken away of value… while we may think it is of value…is it really?
To get rid of trash that you have stored up on the side of the house is not a sacrifice
It has to have real value and meaning
Should it really be a sacrifice for us to give up something that is bad for us or that we shouldnt have?
It may be difficult, but I dont think it should be a sacrifice in that sense
Example of Tithing
Didnt do at one time
Found out that we had to
Wondered how we were going to do it and survive
Found out that we could make it
live and even abound
Part of what we are supposed to do
fact of life
Realize why we are supposed to do it (move up???)
fund the work
Want to do it
Want to see the work flourish
*Want to do even more
even feel bad that we cant do more than what we do
What I am trying to get at here is the beginning of a paradigm shift…where we change our way of thinking
there are things that we remove from our life that can’t be there if we are to be Christians and we don’t need to look at those harmful things as though we sacrificing. [Sabbath unclean meats]
there are some things that we will have to sacrifice that we would rather not but we need to view them differently
For instance: houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands,
Mat 19:27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
Mat 19:28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
In this case we need to understand that we are doing w/o our physical family for a while in order to be a part of a spiritual family that they will in turn have the opportunity to be a part of later.
But in our walk we need to look at the glass as half full.
Sometimes you have to give up what you want now for what you want most.
Like buying a house or a car
In business I dont look at it like I am giving up my money
I put it towards something more worthwhile
Mat 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Mat 13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
Mat 13:46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Give up everything for the field of treasure and the pearl of great price
Are we really giving up if we are gaining more? I dont see it that way.
That is point being made in the parable. Isnt the KOG worth way more than all we have.
Isnt it a worthwhile venture and worth everything that we do to seek it?
This is what I am really trying to get across today. Should we be looking at it like we are losing out on something of value, whatever it is, when we have the KOG to look forward to?
We need to remember to keep perspective that what we are giving up is nothing in comparison to what we are going to receive
What God the Father and JC have prepared and waiting for us.
Now lets take this concept of sacrifice a step further
and look at the some other sacrifices God really wants of us
Define spiritual sacrifices 1 Peter 2:4–5, that we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. When Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit, and when we follow His lead, then
1Pe 2:4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
1Pe 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Attributes [we know the things that we are supposed to be doing]
Psa 51:15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Psa 51:16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
Psa 51:19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
Did God ever want sacrifices of animals? NO. He desired obedience. Righteousness
Another sacrifice He wants
Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
praise or esteem others better than self (turn to scripture)
is it really giving up something
Ive seen it before
sometimes at first it may feel this way
Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Php_2:17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Php 4:18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
2Co 8:4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
2Co 8:5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
Rev 8:3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.
I can speak from experience and I’ve heard from others as well that you actually feel better about yourself when you serve and give of yourself…
thankfulness offered as a spiritual sacrifice?
Psalm 107:21-22 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.
Psalm 116:17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.
Does this spiritual sacrifice really take a sacrifice?
What are the other sacrifices of righteousness: They are every time we choose right over wrong and God’s way over our way, we offer up our spiritual sacrifice
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Killing the old man
Replacing it with the new man
we must give ourselves completely and without reservation to God.
We are raised in newness of life from our burial and we live a life of giving
We are to present our bodies for … service
Doing this does not diminish who we are trying to become. In fact just the opposite. We grow because of it.
And a much greater good will come out of it.
If this is the case, then should we be viewing the sacrifices we are asked to make in a negative light?
God doesnt want us to give up something for no reason, but just the opposite – get rid of the things that we are not supposed to have or do not really need.
I think we should begin to reevaluate how we look at what we are supposed to sacrifice. God isnt going to ask us to give up something that is detrimental to us in the long run…and much of what He asks us to give up – we shouldnt have any way.
What are the psychological ramifications of this?
Makes our approach and ability to do it easier
Not like were giving up something but like we’re gaining. Something for the better.
When we willingly live a life of sacrifice we are living the life of Christ in us. We are acting as Christians should act for the betterment of humanity…not only so that we can be a part of the Family of God, but in order for others to have that opportunity as well. So in a small way we are following the example that Christ left us when He gave His life as a Sacrifice for us … willingly.