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Jews were legalistic before that their sacrificial system was too complex. For them, sins are broken down into 5 types of offerings.

In the Sacrificial System of the Jews, these are the 5 Offerings:

2. Meal Offering

3. Peace Offering

4. Sin Offering

5. Trespass Offering

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In Exodus 29:38-39, Jews believed this:

38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. 39 One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight.

Jews were too legalistic that they failed to see that the Messiah already came down on Earth to evangelize. Lambs used to play a major role in the Old Testament sacrificial system as well as in Messianic prophecy. The offering of the lamb symbolically atoned for the sins of the people so that they could commune with God.

John 1:29

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

If Jesus is the Lamb of God:

1. My sins are paid in full – Have no shame because God already died for your sins for your entire life. We should have the mindset that we live in Heaven that’s why we do good works, instead of doing good works to go to Heaven. If we want to do good works, we must do it to glorify God, and not to pay for our sins. 

This is backed up by Romans 6:10…

10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Commandment #1 Exodus 20:3

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

Commandment #2 Exodus 20:4-5

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Why did Jesus have to go down on Earth and pay for our sins if we can pay for them ourselves? Because Jesus is the perfect sacrifice offered to God.

Galatians 3:10

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

2. I am not licensed to sin – Even if your sins are paid in full, you are not licensed to sin.

Romans 6:10

10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Hebrews 10:26-27

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

3. We are called to be justified, sanctified and glorified – Living a Christ-like life is very important because through it that we reflect Jesus as the Lamb of God.

Romans 8:28-30

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Past – Justified through faith in the cross

Present – Sanctified by becoming Christ-like

Future – Glorified when Christ returns

1 John 3:2

2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

1 Peter 1:18-19

18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

Application:

Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament sacrificial system. As written by Hebrews 10:1-18, He became the once-for-all offering for our sins. Jesus being the Lamb of God also refers to other prophecies regarding the Messiah. For example, Isaiah 53:7 says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." 

In conclusion, Jesus as the Lamb of God is a sacrifice for our sins in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. It is by His sacrifice that our communion with God is restored and by the covering of His blood that we are spared spiritual death. 

Our sins are paid full. Our goal must be Christ-like. Someday, we will receive a new body.