Joseph Prince devotional with commentary March 10, 2013
In Joseph Prince devotional today he wrote on the topic, "All That Jesus is, You Are". Now for those who are not familiar with the Old Testament let me give you a precursor to this devotional. Joseph Prince explains that there were two offerings.
- Sin offering - Each year the High Priest would sacrifice a lamb as a sin offering. It is interesting to note that when the High Priest placed his hand on that lamb, his full attention and eyes where on that which he placed his hand on and not the people. It was the lamb who represented the people.
- Burnt offering- The Burnt offering was different. Instead of sin being transferred to lamb it was the beauty, worthiness of this unblemished animal that was transferred to the people.
In the Joseph Prince devotional it states that "When an Israelite brings an animal as his sin offering, he lays his hand on it before killing it. (Leviticus 4:1–4) By laying his hand on the sin offering, his sins are transferred to the innocent animal. The animal dies for his sins and he goes free.
In contrast, during the burnt offering, when the Israelite lays his hand on the animal (Leviticus 1:3–4), the beauty, worthiness and acceptance of the unblemished animal are transferred to him. God accepts the perfection of the animal sacrifice on his behalf to make atonement for him. Because God accepts the unblemished burnt offering, the offerer now has right standing before God.
Joseph Prince goes on to say, Do you know that the two offerings speak of Jesus’ one offering of Himself when He hung on the cross? He is both our sin offering and burnt offering—“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us [as our sin offering], that we might become the righteousness of God in Him [as our burnt offering]”. The moment you put your faith in Him, just by His one sacrifice, your sins were transferred to Him, and His righteousness was transferred to you. That is the grace of God toward you!
As our sin offering, He offered Himself once and for all. (Romans 6:10) The sin offering was never a daily offering because God does not want His people to be sin-conscious. However, the burnt offering was both a morning and evening sacrifice (2 Chronicles 13:11) because God wants His people to be righteousness-conscious.
Beloved, God wants you to lay claim daily to Jesus as your burnt offering and say, “Father, I thank You that Jesus is my burnt offering. All that Jesus is before You—His righteousness, excellence, beauty and perfection—has been transferred to me. Jesus has Your unclouded favor, so I enjoy Your unclouded favor in my life. Jesus is the righteousness of God, so I am the righteousness of God in Christ. As He is before You, so am I.”
Because Jesus became your burnt offering, what He is to the Father today, you are! That is what it means to be in Christ.
I hope your seeing the power of what took place on the cross. I call it "The Power of Transaction and Exchange". Realizing the full measure of what took place and knowing that it was a completed work. The Old covenant law dictated that both sacrifices were to take place every year. The New Covenant tells us that it was once and for all!
Here are three scriptures that support this:
"So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation."
1 Peter 3:18
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,"
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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