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The Significance of the Sacrifice (3 of 7)
Series: The Church
We live in a world where it is acceptable and common to be self-centered. I mean after all, selfies are the most popular thing that people are doing. We live in a society that does not benefit from the value of living a selfless life. Jesus said, ''it is more blessed to give than to receive.'' In a culture of social media, we have become less social and more me-focused. Millenials are OK with relating to each other through a device rather than with a conversation. We hide behind text messages because we don't even want to talk on the phone anymore, let alone confront issues head on or to deal with people face-to-face. We want to show our best face on social media rather than face the fact that we need help. Our interactions with people are more plastic than genuine and we have forgotten what it means to be real, to admit that we have issues, and need help to get through. We don't want to be uncomfortable. We don't want to reach beyond our borders of safety and get our hands and feet dirty. We don't want to feel pain. We don't want to make any sacrifices.
But SACRIFICE is a central theme of what it means to be a true Christian.
Sacrifice by definition according to Merriam Webster:
- the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone
- an act of killing a person or animal in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god
- a person or animal that is killed in a sacrifice
The Latin word sacer, meaning ''holy'' gives us the root sacr. To sacrifice is to dedicate as a holy offering to God.
Sacrifice in the old testament is mentioned 158 times and in the new testament is mentioned only 17 times. Why? Because the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross ended the need for further sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. His blood was sufficient to forgive us and sanctify us!
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