From this week's Bible study in the West Virginia capitol:
There are some important truths we must learn from the Bible’s emphasis on sacrifice. First, God is Holy. He is an infinitely Holy God, and an absolutely just judge. We have broken His law and hence, must be punished. As one writer said “Let us never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against.” Secondly, sin is serious. We tend to minimize our sin (especially the ones that we commit). The fact that making sin right requires death shows us how serious sin really is. Finally, atonement is costly and requires the death of an innocent in place of the guilty.
We must trust in Christ’s righteousness alone. No one else can atone for our sins. If we want to find mercy, we must find it in Christ or we will not find it at all.
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