The religious ritual of sacrificing an animal as a way to atone for our sins is a common understanding around the world. There’s something within the human spirit. That knows deep down that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
Fortunately for us, “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many.” When we turn to God and ask that what Jesus did on the cross to count for us, our conscience is wiped clean of the destructive choices we made in the past so that we can freely serve the living God!
This new covenant replaces the old covenant. That’s why as followers of Jesus we follow the laws from the Old Testament which are renewed in the New Testament. We no longer follow the ritual sacrifices or kosher eating laws, but we do follow the Ten Commandments and seek to live a life free from sexual immorality. In the Old Testament, the people of Israel went to war against the evil Canaanites, but now in the new covenant “our battle is no longer against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil” as described in Ephesians 6. In the Old Testament you would go to worship God at the Temple. Now, because the Holy Spirit is within us, our bodies are a Temple.
In Hebrews 9 we discover that. people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” and that “Jesus will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:22, 27-28 NIV)
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