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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
There is a difference between sacrifice and redemption (Ex 13:15). God told the people of Israel to sacrifice all firstborn male animals, but to redeem the firstborn sons.
Sacrifice and redemption are mutually exclusive; he who has been sacrificed cannot be redeemed, and he who has been redeemed need not be sacrificed. What makes the Cross so important is that redemption has already taken place. Jesus Christ took on the sacrifice we deserved so that we could be redeemed. There is therefore no need to conform to the Old Testament law and fill our lives with pharisaical sacrifice; we should rather live our lives with joy in light of our redemption.
Now does that mean we should live lives of sin? Certainly not (Rom 6:2)! When we truly grasp the meaning of the Cross, our desire to sin will be forever overwhelmed by a passion for Jesus Christ.
“Father, thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ! Help me to understand the true meaning of the Cross! Bring me into the fullness of joy that can only be found in Your presence!”
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