By   •   June 20, 2013   •   Topics: , ,


I've been trying to read some in the Old Testament recently, and I'd like to ask you a question: Why don't we still do animal sacrifices, like the people were commanded to do in those days?


The reason we no longer need to sacrifice an animal on a burning altar or present any other sacrifice to God to atone for our sins is because of what Jesus Christ did for us.

Let me explain. God used the sacrifices of the Old Testament to teach His people two important lessons: First, God is absolutely pure and holy, and second, our sins are offensive to Him and make us unrighteous in His sight. How, then, can we be forgiven of our sins and made righteous in the eyes of God? We can’t do it by our own efforts; sin still clings to us. The only possibility is if God provides the way — and He did this by accepting animal sacrifices in place of our own death for our sins.

But Jesus Christ came for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. When He died on the cross, all our sins were transferred to Him, and He died in our place. No further sacrifice is needed — because Christ gave His life for us. When we put our faith and trust in Him, the Bible says, “we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

Have you responded to Christ’s sacrifice for your sins? Salvation is a free gift — free, because Christ has already paid for it by His blood. But like any other gift, it only becomes ours if we reach out in faith and receive it. Why not welcome Him into your life today?

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  1. Arshirael Trish Lastone says:

    I was really lost. I needed this verse. I never used to understand any of this. Thank you very much for your clarification.

  2. Issac says:

    Wonderful answer.

  3. Judubarnharyç says:

    Thanks for the question i am trying to read the Bible all the through and it seams like the people of Israel. Are away haveing to offer a burnt sarfice and we’re giving so many rules to follow.god made a sarfice beyond any other and made it so we can be closer to blessed are we to be so close to him just to open our mouths and pray.and he hears thank you

  4. rebecca says:

    I have a strange question. I live on a small island off the grid in SE Alaska.
    We live pretty isolated. No church,no store no neighbors nothing. I want to tithe to my Lord. Can i make an alter and sacrifice my tithe to Him? I know this is weird. Im a normal spirit filled christian who just wants to honor God. I want to give Him my very best. Just like He has done for me.
    My husband thinks im insane lol Able did it and it was a sweet smell to the Lords nostrils. How can i honor my King,?
    Thank you
    Rebecca “The Tribe of Judah”

    1. Anthony says:

      Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22…I believe obeying is the key…it sounds as though you have a love for God! Continue in steadfast prayer to Him and I personally might fast in order to hear His answer clearer…