“‘And if the burnt sacrifice of his offering to the Lord is of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or young pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off its head, and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out at the side of the altar. And he shall remove its crop with its feathers and cast it beside the altar on the east side, into the place for ashes. Then he shall split it at its wings, but shall not divide it completely; and the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.”
Leviticus 1:14-17 NKJV
“Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.””
Luke 2:22-24 NKJV
Opened to Levitcus this morning. In my spiritual youth, I struggled as I plodded through the chapters of the book. As I have come to understand the magnitude of what Jesus did for us on the cross, I find that I delight in the book!
This morning, I read of the offerings to made at the altar. God made provision for everyone, from the great and the small, the rich and the poor. As I read, thought of Jesus, coming to the world in humility.
The King of Glory decided to to come to earth under the most humble of circumstances, born of a girl in poverty, shamed by the seemingly dubious circumstance of her conception, and delivered amongst the animals in the most base of settings. He came with none of the glory and fanfare, but brought with Him the promise of salvation, because He would one day save His people from their sins.
He lived a life of humility, the stepson of a working man. Even upon His birth, no lamb was given, but a pair of turtle doves and two young pigeons. I am sure that Mary had no idea that, as she gave forth the birds, that one day this little one, redeemed, would grow to be the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
Mary’s humble offering, paid with hard earned money, would receive an upgrade, that would shake the world and split time. Oh the grace of God!
“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. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV
I struggle with the meekness of Jesus. Meekness is not weakness, but power under control. Though I cannot begin be able to fathom it, the baby Jesus was fully God, full divine, and having all of His attributes: Omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, even as He lay in the manger. But He restrained it all, for glory of God the Father and salvation made available to the world.
Jesus lived in humility through His life here on earth, even withstanding the constant hate and rejection aimed at Him. At any moment He could have whispered it all out of existence, but He stood firm.
Brothers and sisters, we come to salvation having brought nothing with us. We do not even bring the simplest of offerings, but we approach the throne of God with empty hands, and a hefty sin debt that we cannot pay. But the Lord is full of grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
We who have come to to Jesus by faith for the forgiveness of our sins, will receive the ultimate upgrade from an eternity destined in hell, to eternal life with Christ where He is, whether it be in heaven, or ruling and reigning with Him in during the millennium.
This upgrade is a gift from God. Let us be a people who goes into the world living as examples of who Jesus is. Let us embrace holiness, let us put aside all manner of sin, all manner of even the hint of it. Let our behavior be typically of those who have been redeemed.
Let us also go and tell others of this great gift, of this offering made for our sins, that had the power to take away the sins of the world.
We have been given something for nothing, but costing Jesus everything. When we see Him, and look upon Him, we will see the cost of our sin, for He will bear the scars of the crucifixion on His head, His hands, feet, and His side.
Go and tell everyone about Jesus today!
Have a blessed Friday! SNOW DAY!