Nations ask (or tell) people to give up their lives for the sake of the nation, social groups demand conditions for membership, employers require loyalty and commitment. We may think that offering sacrifices is not important in our enlightened era. Haven't we grown out of that? But the reality is otherwise. All of us have loyalties, and loyalties demand sacrifice. Ultimate loyalties require our lives. We are worshiping creatures. We will always act this way. Even something as unimportant as a football game can grow to consume an entire life or an entire society. Why do we do this? Because through the sacrifice we hope to get real life.
Is there a sacrifice which truly does make us at peace with Ultimate Reality? Is there a sacrifice that not only consumes us but also remakes us into all that we were meant to be?
The answer is yes. Join us this Lord's Day to learn of it.
Arise, My Soul, Arise (#174)
'Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies (Tune: Hamburg)
'Tis the Christ (#150)
Look, Ye Saints (#163)
Old Testament: Leviticus 14:21-32; Psalm 50
New Testament: Luke 8:19-39
The Whole Burnt Offering and Our Worship - Leviticus 1