Like Isaac…like Jesus

“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.””

Genesis 22:1-2

How can God create a people through Abraham if his only heir is dead?!!??

How will this death lead to the blessings promised in Genesis 12?

The answer comes as we move from the events of Abraham’s life to the events of the life of Jesus.

Abraham’s declaration that God Himself will provide the lamb (Genesis 22:8) reminds us of God’s gift of the Lamb to save the world (Mark 10:45; John 1:29, 36).

God’s provision of the ram on Mount Moriah foreshadows His sacrifice of His only son, Jesus Christ…the true Lamb without blemish…who died in our place on the cross.

Like Isaac, Christ is the lamb led to the slaughter. And just as Isaac carried his own wood for the altar…Christ carried His own wooden cross (John 19:17).

During this Lenten season, let us read this passage in Genesis with our eyes fixed on Jesus. And when we do, we will see that Christ is indeed the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Prayer

Holy Father, I thank you and praise you for sending Your only Son into the world. Give me eyes to see the beauty and perfection of Jesus, the spotless Lamb who willingly sacrificed Himself so that I might receive forgiveness and new life. And help me to live a life of faith, trusting in Your goodness and laying down my life for others…Amen.

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