What is a sacrifice? Today we talk about how many sacrifices we make, what we miss out on and everything else. To sacrifice something means to give an opportunity up in order to better serve something or someone else. For example a stay at home mom, could say she sacrificed her career to stay at home with her kids. Or you might say I sacrificed my dessert so that I wouldn’t put on any extra weight. If you’re a kid you might want to sacrifice your homework in order to have more play time, though that’s never a good idea.
So we know about the idea of sacrifice, but the Bible also talks about sacrifice and I don’t think it’s talking about dessert or homework. In the Old Testament the nation of Israel were given certain laws by God and when they broke those laws they were supposed to sacrifice an animal to pay for those sins. The idea was that God hates sin and the penalty for sin was death. So in order to save themselves the Israelites would sacrifice animals to pay for their sin.
But we don’t go around killing animals anymore, so why not, is God okay with sin now? No, God still hates sin but he sent his son Jesus who was God. Jesus lived a perfect life, he never sinned so Jesus died to pay for the sins of the whole world. And then to prove he was God he rose again and is alive today in heaven with God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us we are saved from our sins if we accept Jesus as our savior. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
What does all this have to with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Well in chapter 14, The Triumph of the Witch, that we read this week we see all this happen. Aslan is a picture of Jesus, he doesn’t do anything wrong and yet he allows the witch to kill him instead of Edmund, in order to save Edmund. That is what Jesus did for us and while this chapter ends on a dark note, there’s hope just around the corner. During this Christmas season remember that Jesus was born to save us.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”