Leviticus 17: Jesus Is the Perfect Sacrifice
In Leviticus 17, we have another blatantly obvious Jesus reference.
Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
I really don’t think I need to say very much about this, but just in case you missed it. In Leviticus, it takes blood to make an atonement for souls. Who needed to shed His blood so that we all have atonement for our souls?
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
In the New Testament, it took Jesus shedding his blood to bring about our forgiveness. He needed to die so that we could be reconciled to God and have eternal life.
The one time that Jesus died was enough for all of humanity for all of time. In the Old Testament, multiple animals needed to be sacrificed for individual people. Jesus was the Perfect Sacrifice who was sufficient for all of us.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
In the past, the sacrifices of animals would only cover over sin for a little while. Jesus can take away our sin forever.
1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Notice that it says that Jesus takes away our sins. He doesn’t just cover them over like all of the animal sacrifices did. They only lasted for a certain period of time. Jesus is forever.
This is obviously one of the biggest teachings in Christianity. Most people probably know this fact, but it is interesting to read about what had to happen before the time of Jesus. The part about blood was the same, but the nature of the blood was entirely different, and that made all the difference.