There Is Only One Sacrifice Acceptable To The Lord
And in process of time, it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering, He had no respect. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell” (Genesis 4:3-5).
After Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden, the Lord provided “garments of skin” to cover their nakedness to show them the necessity of the sacrificial system if they were to have communion with Him. Cain knew this and knew the type of sacrifice the Lord required and would accept. Instead, Cain offered up the fruit of his labor. In the account of Cain and Abel, we see the rebelliousness of man on full display. Cain knew that the Lord required an animal sacrifice but chose not to obey Him. He didn’t deny that a sacrifice was due the Lord but disagreed with the type of sacrifice the Lord required. The sacrificial system instituted by the Lord pointed ahead to the One who John the Baptist introduced when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.”
Bringing this forward to today, the Lord requires us to place our faith in His great sacrifice at the cross. If we believe that we can earn Heaven by obedience to any law or commandment then we are going the way of Cain. If we believe that we will be acceptable to the Lord and go to Heaven if our good deeds outway our bad then we are going the way of Cain. If we believe that there is any way to Heaven outside of faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross; we are going the way of Cain. There is only one sacrifice acceptable to God! It’s Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.
” I am the way , the truth and the life . no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6)
We see in this account of Cain and Abel the two diametrically opposed ways that men have chosen to seek fellowship with the Lord from that time forward. Men either see that we are in need of a savior due to our sinful and fallen nature, or they approach the Lord by their works. There was no difference in the two men that day, only in the type of sacrifice. We cannot approach the Lord with our works of righteousness. The Bible says “If righteous come by the law (what we do) then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).
Just like Cain and Abel before us, we must choose between law and grace. Will we go the way of Cain and trust in the fruit of our labor, or will we go the way of faith as Abel did by trusting in the only way to have fellowship with the Lord – the sacrifice? Cain was able to choose the right way and did not. He wouldn’t offer up an innocent lamb as the Lord required but ended up killing his brother. Going our way always brings pride and is the way of death. We can choose the correct sacrifice today and come into the forgiveness, blessing, and fellowship of the Lord. If you haven’t come to the Lord by faith in Christ and Him crucified; won’t you choose the way of faith today and come into the salvation of the Lord. His Word says:
“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (He is the savior paying the price for your sin on the cross), and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (the Resurrection), you shall be saved (it’s faith alone that saves us)” (Romans 10:9,10).
The following is the sinner’s prayer prayed by millions. In the words of the great gospel song by Billy Gaines: “There’s room at the cross for you. Though millions have come, there’s still room for one. There’s room at the cross for you.” Won’t you come!!!!
Dear God in Heaven, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and He is alive. This very moment I place my faith in Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the lord of my life. According to Your Word which cannot lie; I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven, I am saved. Amen
If you prayed this prayer and believed what you prayed then you have placed your faith in the sacrifice prescribed by the Lord. The Lord paid a tremendous price to redeem us from our fallen state. The way of Cain brings only death because it sets aside the Lord’s great work at the cross. When we choose the Lord and His prescribed way, we pass from death to life and come into all the blessings of the Lord.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
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