The so-called “Biblical Scholars” erroneously taught their students that the death of Christ does away with the sacrificial laws of the Old Testament. Where is the beef? Can’t they see the simple truth that His death on the cross does not do away the sacrificial laws, but confirms it? Jesus’ death on the cross is evidence that He sacrificed Himself for us! It was a living proof of His sacrifice. So, who blinded their eyes? Jesus is the sacrificial offering. So, where is the logic of these so-called “Biblical Scholars”? Who influenced their thinking? Or maybe we should ask, what blinded their eyes?
The first major history of important sacrifice that we read in the Bible was when Abraham presented his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22). He sacrificed to God a part of him, his son. That is what sacrifice means. When we sacrifice, we give part of us away. We sacrifice part of what we cherish, material, immaterial, psychological, emotional, feelings, and so forth, and not merely part of us that we own, such as lambs, goats, sheep, cows, and other animals. When we understand what the word “sacrifice” implies and really means, we will never say, never, that the death of Christ on the cross does away with the sacrificial laws. Why? Because His Kingdom is based on His sacrifice on the cross. Sacrifice was the foundation of heaven. And so, Christ death does not do away with the sacrificial laws. Rather, it confirms the sacrificial law! It affirms!
In Mark 12:41-44 Jesus tells this story, "Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, 'Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury." This, preachers and ministers, is an example of the Sacrificial Law! You are right if you say it is about sacrificing a piece of meat - your meat!
Some months ago as I was standing in front of a bank teller waiting in line, I overheard a woman telling the bank teller that she wants to buy a money order worth a few hundred dollars that she wants to send to her mother who lives in the East. Her mother doesn't get enough money from Social Security, she told the bank teller. Preachers and ministers, this is a living example of the Sacrificial Law! Why did you teach people that the Sacrificial Law is thrown out of the window? Where have you been all these years? Don't you know that Christ is alive and well and is staring at you now?
In Matthew 5:17 Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus came to affirm the Law, and not to abolish them. Why do you teach people that when Christ died on the cross the laws were also crucified with Him? No, His laws last forever!
Our forefathers who wrote the U.S. Constitutional law have long died and buried in the ground. Even though they were all dead, the U.S. Constitution still survives. It is well and alive. And so are God's laws!
Matthew 5:44 says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” When we love our enemies, and pray for them, what have we sacrificed? We have sacrificed our pride feelings, self interest, and love for ourselves.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:39, “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ What have we sacrificed when we love our neighbors? We have sacrificed love for ourselves.
And so, don’t let the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Biblical Scholars deceive you and lead you to believe that the death of Christ does away with the sacrificial law. No, it doesn’t. Instead, it confirms the sacrificial law! It affirms the sacrificial law!
The sacrificial law has nothing to do with ignoring His laws after Christ's death; the sacrificial law has everything to do with sacrificing ourselves each day after He arose!
In short, everything that we do for Him is based on the sacrificial law. What are we willing to sacrifice for Him and our neighbors?
The sacrificial law is well and alive! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!