The Ultimate Sacrifice

March 30, 2013
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One of my favourite hymns, Jesus Paid It All, has had a profound effect on me, whether I have sung it in church, sung it in a choir, or listened to it on my iPod.

    Jesus paid it all,
    All to Him I owe;
    Sin had left a crimson stain,
    He washed it white as snow.
           – Elvina M. Hall

The beautiful words never fail to stir my spirit, leading me to the foot of Golgotha/Calvary where Jesus of Nazareth hangs with two known criminals. These offenders could have been any one of us. So, I ask myself, why did the sinless Son of God leave His glorious throne in heaven to take my sin upon Himself?

In searching the Scriptures, the clue to this important event was foreshadowed thousands of years before the Messiah came to give His life as a ransom for many. In the Old Testament sacrificial system, the people of Israel were instructed by God to offer an acceptable animal, free of defect, as atonement for sin. But in the New Testament, we see John the Baptist pointing the way to the Saviour, proclaiming, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29b NASB)

John's reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God suggests that He was the fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. Thus, God, in His infinite wisdom, prepared a greater, more valuable sacrifice by sending His Son to die in our place. This, I believe was the ultimate sacrifice.

Hebrews 7:26-28 – For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever. (NASB)

Therefore, we have obtained eternal redemption through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLT)

Because of this declaration, we can sing the final verse of Jesus Paid It All with reassurance and gratitude for our Saviour, Jesus Christ:

    And when before the throne
    I stand in Him complete,
    I'll lay my trophies down,
    All down at Jesus' feet.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He is worthy to be praised. May we sing with the myriads of angels, living creatures, and the elders in heaven, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing." (Revelation 5:12 NASB) In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for the beautiful devotional.

    Thanks for a wonderful reminder Parise.

    Thank you. May you and yours have a blessed Easter.

    Dear Parise: Thank you and AMEN to your Devotional!

    Thank you Parise for the “Ultimate Sacrifice” devotional. The Ransom for many!
    Truly there is none other act of such love. Pure and triumph of the empty tomb. Jesus is risen! Alleluia! Amen!

    Dear Parise,
    Amen to the devotional. You really kept me with it.
    Thank you for a blest and blessing message.
    May God continue to use you to inspire many for his sake.

    Dear Friend of the years,
    Just received the Easter Devotional, a sweet, and very sensitive writing and I appreciate your sending.
    It is a nice way for you to use one of your “gifts.”
    Blessings on your Easter day, and thanks for sending.

    Dear Parise,
    Thank you for a very meaningful devotional based on the beautiful words of “Jesus paid it all.” I’m inspired by the unique way your message ties the old and new covenants together while having a hymn of praise for the opening and closing verse – what a wonderful piece! Thank you once again for using your gift of writing to bring glory and honor to the Name of our Lord.

    This is a great piece. You have a lot of talent.
    Last night at our Good Friday service we sang the same song.
    Well tomorrow we celebrate the risen Christ, what a blessing. Salvation through Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.
    He is risen.

    Thanks for your devotional today. All the world is thinking of bunnies, eggs and chocolate.
    This is a reminder of what our focus should be this Easter. God bless you in a special way as you minister to those with whom you touch this day. Bloom where you are planted and experience the JOY for each moment given to each of us every day.

    Thank you Parise for this devotional. If only folks would take that wonderful chorus to heart.
    It is truly amazing the way Jesus made repentance and atonement so much simpler by His sacrifice. No buying of animals and no ritual of sacrificing…simply going to the cross and being pardoned. Jesus paid it all.
    As a teacher I was always more upset with students who did not hand in the easy assignments than I was for the really challenging ones. Easier than Christ made forgiveness nothing can be.

    Dear Parise,
    Thank you for sharing this devotional. How wonderful it will be when we join all those who have gone before us at Jesus’ feet and sing praises to the Lamb who was slain for our sins and yet lives forever more. It is an answer to my prayers that you are sharing the hope of Christ. I will share this with my mother and sister and forward it to others.

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