"... Christ also has loved us
and given Himself for us an offering
and a sacrifice to God," Ephesians 5'2.
One sacrifice is above all the other sacrifices that have ever been or ever will be. By the giving of Himself the Lord Jesus Christ put the New Covenant into place and established the present Kingdom of God.
It is the only sacrifice that has the power to make eternal difference to earthly human beings. The Lord showed, and taught, that acts of sacrifice include the offering of one's own self or some thing or things that belong to oneself.
As Peter says:
"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps," 1 Peter 2'21.
Believers live in the centre of God's awesome love because of Him. Paul talked gratefully of Jesus as "the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me," Galatians 2'20.
The apostle John expressed grateful praise for the powerful understandings that resulted from the Lord's sacrifice:
"To Him who loved us
and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,
to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Amen." Revelation 1'5-6.
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