Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 9 of 90: Jesus

I admit it; reading Leviticus is hard. I feel like I'm slogging through mud. And I don't get every part of it. There are some of the rules I scratch my head and try hard to understand, but honestly, I just don't. And the punishment for sin is so harsh.

But yet, God is holy. In Leviticus 22:31-33 He says, “Therefore you shall keep My commandments, and perform them: I am the LORD. You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.”

And even though I don't always understand it all, I know there is a reason. He is holy, and because He is holy, He has provided for us. We will never be able to live up to the rules He gives us in the Bible. I cannot ever be holy or righteous enough. But God, in His infinite compassion, has given us a way out.
His name is Jesus. The most beautiful name on earth. The only name by which we may be saved.
I will always mess up. I will always sin. And the punishment for my sin is death, and it is deserved.

Jesus took my place. If I had to make a sacrifice every time I broke one of God's commandments, I would never do anything but sin and sacrifice. But God gave me a way out. There is no more need of the blood sacrifices that are outlined in Leviticus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus is my blood sacrifice. And He gave Himself willingly for me. For me. Think about that. Personalize it. It is about me. I'm not being self-centered when I say that. Jesus knew my name, He knew everything about me when He chose to hang up there on the cross and become my blood sacrifice. He did it for me.

I guess that sums up Leviticus for me. It's not about the rules and punishments, well, it is, but it's so much more. It's shining a light and showing us Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

AWESOME post Lisa! Thanks for sharing your heart!

I posted about my thoughts here: http://busymomscancook.blogspot.com/2010/07/day-9.html