The Sacrifice of the Other Son

cross. single“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 (NIV)

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We started this week’s devotional with the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac on Mt. Moriah. At the last minute, God prevented Abraham from going through with the sacrifice by giving him a ram as a substitute.

We finish the week with another Father sacrificing His Son. This time, no ram was substituted. No one stopped the sacrifice. The Son was killed and sacrificed in a most brutal way…crucifixion.

And guess where the sacrifice occurred…Mt. Moriah.

We are told in 2 Chronicles 3:1 that Solomon built the Temple on Mount Moriah, at the location where his father David made a sacrifice on the threshing floor of Araunah. In other words, Jerusalem was built on Mt. Moriah.

Abraham had been asked by God to sacrifice his only son for the purpose of testing whether he loved Isaac more than God. Abraham passed the test and was blessed in many ways.

When God the Father sacrificed His only Son on Mt. Moriah, He proved His love for us.

We no longer have any excuse to ask whether God loves us. He graphically demonstrated His love for us by allowing His most precious Son to be sacrificed and die a most gruesome death.

Jesus also proved His love for us by allowing Himself to be sacrificed. He was asked…not commanded by the Father to offer Himself. He willingly gave Himself to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah…for us.

Just before He died, Jesus utters the words “It is finished”. He recognizes that His sacrifice has accomplished a great purpose. Through His death on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for all our sin and opened the way to true and complete fellowship with the Father, Himself, and the Holy Spirit.

No one comes to the Father but through Jesus Christ.

Now that the way has been opened, we simply need to walk through that door by faith.

God the Father and Jesus Christ have proved their love for us through the sacrifice made on Mt. Moriah.

Shouldn’t we respond to that love by placing God above all our idols?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being willing to sacrifice Your life for me. Show me how I can better love You. 

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