Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Sacrificial Lamb

Today is Yom Kippur, the most holy day of the biblical calendar, and the day when atonement was made for the sin of the nation (Lev 16:1-34; 23:26-32).  Jews all over the world observe this day by afflicting themselves through fasting.  Christians generally ignore this day, with the result that they have less understanding of and less appreciation for what Jesus did on the cross.

A good start to remedy this failure is by watching the video that SourceFlix released today.  In just nine minutes, they show the need for a sacrifice, the death of an animal, and the fulfillment in Jesus.  The video is well-produced and it avoids showing the most graphic scenes.  I have been teaching through the book of Isaiah and this comes just in time for me to help the class better understand the imagery of chapter 53.  I also envision using this video for teaching about Passover.

I recommend that you watch it, show your kids, and tell your friends.  For the ancient Israelites and those who stood at the foot of the cross, the concept of a sacrificial lamb was not words on a page.

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