Why i believe the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament point to Jesus Christ.
Why i believe animal sacrifices in the Old Testament point to Jesus Christ.
Through my participation in the Forums, I revealed one of my beliefs as the title says.I had the understanding that this is standard belief in the Christian beliefs but I was later questioned, a situation i did not expect in a Christian website.
Let me try to recollect how I came to this belief. First time i read about the animal sacrifice in the Old Testament which consisted of offering an animal (specifications given in the Bible), it was specified there that the animal be unblemished ( not sick, not lame, no defect). Being new to the Bible i thought what a waste, if one is to kill an animal why use a " perfect animal " why not use an animal which is about to die, sick, lame, something that one has no use of. That was in 1976.
I believe it was in 1984, that I heard a Sunday school lesson that the animal sacrifice point to Jesus Christ. Then it occured to me why the animal sacrifice had to be perfect. If one has to pay for my or our sins then the payer or the sacrifice be perfect or sinless.
Only Jesus lived a perfect life. There are holy men of God in the Old Testament but they were not perfect. Only Jesus qualified to be the sacrifice for our sins.
Unless Jesus paid for our sins then we are still in sin. Our sins are not paid for when we reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.