Thursday, April 9, 2020

Was Jesus “sacrificed”?

I see a lot of memes by Believers suggesting "Jesus, the Lamb of God, was sacrificed on our behalf." When that is said, we have to make sure we know what kind of “sacrifice” we’re referring to…

You see, Yeshua was NOT sacrificed like an animal being killed in a religious ceremony. (There was no ceremony! The Gospels reveal that he was executed as a criminal.) He martyred himself (against which there is no law) because he knew his divine blood would serve to redeem us.

When people martyr themselves, they are “sacrificing” themselves for a purpose – as in, “Our platoon sergeant threw himself onto a grenade to save the rest of us from harm.”

1 Corinthians 5:7 is often used to suggest “Jesus was sacrificed” - with many incorrectly suggesting he “was sacrificed”. Unlike the Greek versions, the Aramaic says, “For our Passover is the Mashiyach, who was SLAIN for us" (AENT).

Truth is, the original pass-over lambs were neither “sin offerings” (their blood never atoned for any sins!); nor were they officially "sacrificed" in any “sacrifice ritual.”

Yes, the lambs were forced to “sacrifice” on man’s behalf – as in “simply killed” (but not in a ritual) and their blood was used for redemption - because blood on the doorposts of people’s homes caused the Angel of Death to “pass over” those homes.

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