The One Remaining Sacrifice

Bavnehøj Kirke, alter
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Then Noah built an altar to the Lord…. Genesis 8:20 (NLT)

As you read through God’s Message you find that the building of altars is a theme:

  • Abraham built an altar (Gen 22:9)
  • Isaac built an altar (Gen 26:25)
  • Moses built an altar (Ex 17:15)
  • Aaron built an altar (Ex 32:5)
  • Gideon built an altar (Jud 6:24)
  • Saul built an altar (1 Sam 14:35)
  • David built an altar (2 Sam 24:25)

I could go on. The altar for sacrifice was significant. For those who follow Jesus, the idea of an altar for sacrifice loses some significance because Jesus’ death was the ultimate sacrifice and the old sacrificial system of worship was rendered obsolete:

“We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus once for all.” (Heb 10:10)

Yet most churches where Jesus’ followers gather still have an altar set up at the front. We don’t talk much about that. Some will say that it is a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice which is commemorated in the metaphor of the Lord’s Supper. But, for me, the altar has always been a reminder that one sacrifice still remains and that is the sacrifice of myself. I am called to be a living sacrifice, and I need to be reminded of that regularly.

2 thoughts on “The One Remaining Sacrifice”

  1. 22As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

    The order that we have come to expect in our day, week, month and year was promised after the flood. We take this order for granted and create our own chaos within that order. Can you imagine if it ALL was chaotic? I can’t.

  2. Our pastors have said multiple times during altar call or during a sermon that we call the front area the altar because the altar is the place where sacrifices are made, where we give up things to God, where things are killed (addictions, curses, etc). It’s always good to remember Psalm 51:17
    “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart– These, O God, You will not despise.” We are His living sacrifices.

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