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INTRODUCTION

Matters of "life or death" are faced often enough, emergency response teams train and practice to respond to situations in order to save lives. What we need is a training for allowing death to replace life. The story of death for life begins way back in the book of Genesis.

I. Story Of Death

A. Lamb for a man

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

NOTE:

The theme of the innocent suffering for the guilty begins, as does Israel's love affair with blood and death.

B. Lamb for a family

Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth [day] of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of [their] fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take [it] according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take [it] out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike [it] on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

C. Lamb for a nation

Leviticus 16:18 And he shall go out unto the altar that [is] before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put [it] upon the horns of the altar round about.

Hebrews 9:7 But into the second [went] the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and [for] the errors of the people:

II. First the physical, then the Spiritual

A. Jesus didn't want people to die physically when He said

Mark 8:34 ... Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

B. Teaching self-denial deny (cessation - to disavow)

C. Jesus followers were taught save\lose... lose\save death for life

Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

D. Jesus begins to talk about eating His flesh and drinking His blood ... and people split

John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

John 6:66 From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

E. Jesus talks about death, but notice Peter's words

John 6:68 ... Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

III. Same attitude

A. Lamb for a world... Jesus firstfruits

I Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.

B. His death physical ours Spiritual


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