Living Sacrifice!

Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
(Ephesians 5:2)

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

In the old testament, we see Moses and Aaron making sacrifices as sin offerings, burnt offerings and peace offerings and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar (Leviticus 9:22-24).

Prophet Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal and sought to prove that the God of Israel was the true God. When he prayed to God saying, "Hear me, O Lord, hear me,' the fire of the Lord descended and consumed the burnt sacrifice (1 Kings 18:38).

Similarly, when King Solomon built a temple for God, made sacrificial offerings and prayed, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices and the glory of the Lord filled the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1).

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)

Friend, in order to make it possible for us to receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice. When we read Hebrews 9th chapter, we see that the tabernacle of God has two sections. One is called the sanctuary and the second part of the tabernacle is called the Holiest of All. There is a screen separating the two sections. Once in a year, the chief priest entered the altar of the most high place with the blood of the goats and bulls and offered it as atonement for his sins and for the sins of the people of Israel.

"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12,14)

On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. He went to His Father bearing His own blood in His hands saying, "Father, I am pouring before you the blood that I shed for the salvation of humanity. I have completed the task that You had entrusted on Me and have shed My blood for the remission of sins. Please forgive the sins of mankind and fill them with Your Holy Spirit".

The Psalmist David said, "You have ascended on high, you have led captive; you have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell there" (Psalm 68:18).

Saint Paul said, "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Before departing to His heavenly abode, Lord Jesus said to His disciples, "My dear ones, I am leaving this world and I know that you would search for Me. I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:16,17). When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me (John 15:26). 'The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you' (John 14:26). When the Helper comes, you will feel as though My presence is with you".

That is why Jesus Christ gave Himself as a living sacrifice. Even today, if we pray to Him with great devotion and ask Him to come into us in the form of the Holy Spirit. He would definitely oblige us, "But we are being transformed into the same image from the glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18). According to this verse, He will transform us to be like Him. After this there would be a divine change in our speech, conduct, prayer life and faith. The reason for this is because the invisible God who is the epitome of love has entered our souls in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, it is because of His immeasurable love for us that made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death in the cross. So we should look up to Him and pray, "Oh Lord my God, it is because of Your love for me that You were born as a bondservant, in the likeness of men, humbled Yourself and faced death on the cross, accepted my weaknesses and sicknesses and offered Yourself as an aromatic offerings. Please pour out Your Holy Spirit upon me". If you offer this prayer with a sincere heart and great devotion, He would definitely fill you with the Holy Spirit. He will rid us of weaknesses, illnesses, difficulties and would bless you.

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