Monday, August 13, 2012

Judged Three Times

Luke 23:4 ""So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no fault in this Man.""

The crucifixion of Jesus was one of the first things I learned about when I became a Christian. Jesus was a man with no flaws, judged for mankind who was full of flaws. This understanding has been in my heart ever since. However, the last few years have opened my eyes to even greater revelations about the cross.

If you study Exodus 29, you will learn of three sacrifices. These sacrifices would prepare a priest to stand before God. The three sacrifices were, the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the consecration offering. Each offering provided specific benefits.

The burnt offering provided a covering of righteousness and redemption from Adam's curse. A good example of this was the Passover. The Passover was a burnt offering. It provided a means for God to connect with us and rejuvenate or restore His children out of bondage. It provided healing and made them righteous before God.

The sin offering provided redemption from the curses of the law. These are the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. Jesus received a wound for each curse.

The consecration offering washed away any remnants of sin, a murderer who is forgiven is still a murderer. Washed by the blood of the sacrifice---they are no longer a murderer.

Jesus provided all three sacrifices for us. He was judged three times. Caiaphas the high priest was first. The Bible tells us that he could find no fault in Him (Matthew 26:59,60).  Pilate was next to judge Him---he also found no fault (Luke 23:4). Herod was the last one to judge Jesus. Herod also found no fault in Him (Luke 23:15).

The sacrifice had to be inspected before it was offered and had to be without spot. Jesus was judged three times---He was inspected and found without fault three times.

Jesus was three sacrifices, all in one offering. If you struggle with any issues that have you feeling condemned, fellowship with Jesus through prayer. Your relationship with Jesus will allow Him to shield you from the lies of the enemy. The most important benefit from the cross is personal fellowship. This opens the door for all the other benefits.

Be Blessed!

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