O is for Offering

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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For this year’s A to Z challenge I am highlighting some important words from the Easter story.

In the Old Testament there was a system of offerings and sacrifices which were made regularly by the priests. The Book of Leviticus sets out in detail the Law, as this system was known.

Jesus of Nazareth (Letter J) told his hearers that he had not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it. Matthew 5:17 By his death (Letter D) on the cross (Letter C) Jesus made himself an offering for the sin of the world. Sin is wrong-doing. We all do things we ought not to do and forget to do good things, which we should do. This separates us from God. The idea of an offering in the Old Testament was to take away sin. It had to be repeated over and over again.

The Letter to the Hebrews sets out the way in which Jesus’ offering of himself ended the need for these regular offerings. Chapters 9 and 10 explain this far better than I am able. Hebrews 9:11-10:18