Sermon #387                                               Sermons


          Title:            The Slaying Of The Sacrifice

          Text:            Leviticus 1:5

          Subject:       The necessity and benefits of the death of Christ

          Date:            January 17, 1982

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          I said this morning that there are two things which were absolutely essential to a true sacrifice. First, the man offering that sacrifice must lay his hands upon the head of the animal. By this act, he symbolized that he accepted the sacrifice and made a typical transfer of sin from himself to the innocent victim. The typical picture is that of faith in Christ. But something else must yet be done. That animal, bearing the man’s guilt must be killed. Its blood must be shed before the Lord. Nothing short of a painful, violent, bloody death would make an atonement for sin. “He shall kill the bullock before the Lord.” You will find this order repeated throughout the Old Testament, whenever a sacrifice is spoken of.


          It is my desire tonight to speak plainly to you about this vital thing – The Slaying Of The Sacrifice. I have nothing controversial to debate and argue. I have no new doctrine to expound. I have no hidden truth to reveal. But I do have a subject that is vital to your soul. It is the very foundation of all truth. It is the heart of all true religion. It is the very core of Divine Revelation. I want to speak to you on The Slaying Of The Sacrifice, the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ.


          I am afraid that far too many preachers are like Nero, the old insane emperor of Rome. While the city was burning and multitudes perishing, Nero stood on the roof of his palace fiddling! Many a preacher stands in his pulpit, Sunday after Sunday, playing his fiddle, while the people perish for lack of knowledge. They are trifling with the souls of men when they should be struggling to save them. They spend their time and labor upon matters of no importance, and neglect the weighty business of preaching the gospel.


          As I stand before you, the realization of my awesome responsibility constrains me to stick to the vital issues of the gospel, the issues of life and death. There are a good many things which I do not know. But there are certain, self-evident truths that lay heavily upon my heart.


1.     I know how God saves sinners.

2.     I know that everyone of you will soon stand before God in judgment.

3.     I know that what I say to you in the next few minutes will have some eternal affect upon you. Both this preacher and you who hear me will have to give an account of what is said.


Now, I believe that it would be wise for you to hear me. I speak tonight about things which I believe and about which I am sure. I speak without fear of error or hesitation, when I tell you that the death of our Lord Jesus Christ was absolutely essential. The sacrifice for sin must be slain. It is only through the blood, which he shed at Calvary for human guilt, that I can preach this day among men the remission of sins.


What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!


This is all my hope and peace –

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

This is all my righteousness –

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!


Proposition: The slaying of the sacrificial lamb in the Old Testament was typical of the death of Christ for us at Calvary.



Divisions: Tonight I am going to show you four things about the death of Christ as our sacrifice for sin.


1.     It was absolutely necessary.

2.     It is gloriously infinite and effectual.

3.     It gives us the best instruction on the weightiest matters.

4.     It is the source of inspiration and the motive of obedience in the believer’s life.


I. Let me show you this first. This is the most important point – The death of Christ as a sacrifice for sin was Absolutely necessary.


          There were many things which were very important about the sacrifices of the Old Testament. But no atonement was made until the victim was slain. Even so, the Lamb of God must be slain in order to make an atonement for sin. “It behooved him to suffer.” Had he not died, he would not have a people with him in glory (John 12:24). Atonement and the remission of sins are not in the life of the sacrifice, but in its death (Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22). Why was it necessary and essential for Christ to die?


A.      Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, must die in order to fulfill the types and prophecies of the Old Testament Scriptures.


The Word of God overflows with statements about the death of Christ. It was as much a subject of Old Testament prophecy as it is of New Testament declaration.


1.     The most instructive type of redemption by Christ is that of the Passover lamb (Ex. 12:13).


Hear what God says – “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” God’s eye resting on the blood is evidence that a substitutionary lamb has been slain and guarantees the life of the sinner. This is atonement.


2.     David prophesied that through his death, and only through his death, Christ would establish his universal kingdom (Psa. 22:1, 22, 25-28).

3.     Isaiah tells us that it is the death of the Lamb which is the source of his conquest and the cause of his reward (Is. 53:12).


B.       As the death of Christ was the subject of the Old Testament types and prophecies, it is the theme of the New Testament as well.


1.     There is no redemption and remission of sins but by the Son of God pouring out his life’s blood as an atoning sacrifice for sin (Heb. 9:12).

a.         Redemption and the remission of sins is not accomplished by –

·        The life of Christ

·        The example of Christ

·        Repentance toward Christ

·        Faith in Christ

·        Obedience to Christ

b.        Sin must be purged away by the blood of Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”

2.     The death and shed blood of Christ is the center of all true gospel preaching.

3.     The death of Christ and his shed blood is the essential element of the ordinances of the gospel.

a.         Baptism is a confession of faith in the death of Christ.

b.        The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of the Lord’s death. “This is my blood in the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Never forget it, my friends, we are redeemed to God by the blood of Christ. The Sacrifice must be slain. Blood must be shed.

4.     The blood of Christ will be the theme of our songs in heaven; and it ought to be here.


C.      Again, the sacrifice must be slain, or God could never have justified any sinner.


No man could ever be saved, accepted, and justified in the sight of God if Jesus Christ had not been slain as the Substitute of sinners (Rom. 3:24-26).


1.     Death is the result and penalty of sin. Once Christ had our sins laid upon him, he must die!

2.     Nothing could satisfy the law and justice of God but death.


D.      Once more, the death of Christ was absolutely necessary to give peace to a guilty conscience (Heb. 9:14). The conscience requires perfection.


II. Secondly, I want you to see that the death of Christ is gloriously infinite and effectual.


          This gives peace and comfort to my heart and soul. Since Jesus Christ has paid the mighty debt I owed to the law of God, I am freed from the debt and justified before the law. “He that is dead is freed from sin” (Rom. 6:7). The atoning sacrifice of Christ means complete redemption is fully accomplished.


He bore on the tree the sentence for me,

And now both the Surety and the sinner are free.


          Those typical sacrifices of the law could never put away sin. But, when our Lord was fastened to the tree, and cried, “It is finished,” he finished the transgression and made an end of sin, and brought in an everlasting righteousness (Heb. 10:1-4; Col. 2:13-14).


Not all the blood of beasts

On Jewish altars slain,

Could give the guilty conscience peace,

Or wash away the stain.


But Christ the heavenly Lamb,

Takes all our sins away;

A sacrifice of nobler name,

And richer blood than they.


          All that Christ intended to do in his great sacrificial atonement, he has done!


          How do we know that the death of Christ is effectual?


A.   I know that Christ cannot fail in his work, because I know that He is God.


1.     His sacrifice is of infinite value.

2.     His sacrifice must be effectual in its design.


B.    I know that the death of Christ is effectual, because he is a perfect man. “He knew no sin.”

C.   I know that the sacrifice of Christ is effectual, because of the substitutionary character of his death.


1.     The death of Chrsit was as much an act of divine justice as it was an act of divine mercy.

2.     Christ voluntarily laid down his life for us. The Son of God took the place of his people upon the cross.

3.     And our Lord was triumphant in his death.


D.   I know that the sacrificial death of Christ is effectual, because of his covenant engagements.


He came to fulfill his own agreements with the Father in the covenant of grace.


E.   I know that the death of Christ is effectual, because God has testified that it is.


1.     Our Lord himself said, “It is finished!”

2.     He was raised again the third day as a testimony of completed justification.

3.     He is seated in heaven, because his work is gloriously effectual. He cannot fail!


III. In the third place, let me show you that The sacrificial death of Christ gives us the best instruction about the weightiest matters.


          The best school of theology in the world is the school at Mt. Calvary.


A. Here we learn that God is holy.

B. Here we learn that God is just.

C. Here we learn that sin is infinitely evil.

D. Here we learn that God is infinitely gracious.

E. Here we learn the infinite character of God’s love.

F.    Here we learn how that a man is justified with God, and how human sin is put away.


III. In the last place – The death of Christ is the source of inspiration and the motive of obedience in a believer’s life.


A. Did the Son of God die for me? Then I must surely consecrate myself entirely to him.

B. His death inspires me to seek holiness and righteousness in my life.

C. Nothing has a greater power to inspire my heart with love for Christ than the realization of his dying love for me.

D. The only motive needed to constrain a believer to obey the Lord is this – “He died for you.”

E. Surely the knowledge of Christ’s sacrifice for sin ought to inspire us to seek the salvation of sinners.





          This must be my final word to you who believe and to you who believe not – Lay your hands of faith upon the Redeemer’s head and keep them there.