Christian Churches of God
Messiah the Perfect and Complete Sacrifice
(Edition 1.0 20080218-20080212)
In this lesson we will review the study paper Messiah the Perfect and Complete Sacrifice (No. CB120) and focus on the Messiah’s selfless sacrifice for all of mankind and the fallen Host. Various concepts will be reinforced with a science experiment to provide spiritual analogies.
Messiah the Perfect and Complete Sacrifice
To review the basic concepts related to the Messiah being the complete and perfect sacrifice and the symbolism that is involved in the text.
1. Children will be able to identify who is the perfect and complete sacrifice that restored us back to the Father.
2. Children will be able to identify three things Messiah did that added in his being the perfect and complete sacrifice.
3. Children will be able to identify how Messiah became our High Priest
Hebrews 10:4; 10-12,18
Open with prayer.
Ask the children why they think our Messiah’s sacrifice was so important.
Review the Questions and Answers.
Conduct activity on the priesthood.
Close with prayer.
Questions in bold.
Q1. What Scripture(s) tells us Messiah was ordained or appointed above his fellows? Is this when he became High Priest?
A. Once Messiah was ordained/appointed above his fellows (Heb. 1:9; Ps. 45:7) he became our High Priest.
Q2. When did the Church start? Did things remain only physical from this point forward?
A. The Church started in 30 CE when the Holy Spirit was poured out from the day of Pentecost. From that time forward the spiritual temple was being built with Messiah at its head; the church is now a spiritual edifice.
Q3. Will we ever see a physical church, i.e. with a priesthood and offering sacrifices again? If so, when?
A. The period of Just Rule starts in 2028. One of the first things to happen will be the keeping of the Sabbaths, Feasts, and New Moons. It will take time until the Temple and the sacrifices start.
A. We know from Ezekiel 40:44,48 that, in the Millennium, there will be a physical priesthood under Zadok, with Levi, that will be offering physical sacrifices in the yet-to-be-built Temple.
A. The five duties of the priest are:
1. Live by the word of Eloah (Deut. 8:3; Mat. 4:4; Lk. 4:4).
2. Explain the Law of Eloah (Neh. 8:7).
4. Keep or preserve the Law of Eloah (Mal. 2:7; Neh. 18:18).
5. Judge by the Law of Eloah (Deut. 17:2-13; 21:5).
Q6. Are the priests to pray, fast, preach the gospel to the world, publish the gospel to the world and offer spiritual sacrifices?
A. Yes, the priests are to pray, fast, preach the gospel to the world, publish the gospel to the world and offer spiritual sacrifices.
o To pray (Joel 2:17) for the people and the whole nation.
o To fast (Ps. 35:13; Isa. 58:6).
o To take the Gospel to the world (Mk. 16:15-16) explaining the three fundamentals of eternal life.
o Write a copy of the Law (Duet. 17:18-19)
o Offer spiritual sacrifices (1Pet. 2:5)
Q7. Will Messiah soon return to earth to take up his role as Day Star of the planet and function as King and High Priest?
A. Yes, as time progresses we know Messiah will soon return to the planet and take up his rightful role as King and Priest. He will return with the last trumpet / 3rd Woe and need to deal the rebellious people and fallen Host first; then the period of Just Rule begins in 2028 CE.
A. No, Hebrews 10:4 tells us the sacrificial system will not take away sin. It was in place prior to Messiah to assist people with atoning for sin and recognizing their errors while assisting them with repairing their relationship with Eloah.
Q9. What is the “greatest gift’ the Father could have ever given mankind and the fallen Host?
A. Eloah so loved the world that He sent His only-born son (Jn. 3:16; Heb. 11:17; 1Jn. 4:9) to be offered up as a sacrifice and pay the price for our sins so we could be restored back to the Father. Because God knows all He knew the fallen Host and mankind would sin and not obey Him or His Laws. Without the sacrifice of Messiah we would not be able to be reconciled to the Father.
Q11. What is sin? How do we know what sin is?
A. Sin is the breaking of God’s Law (1Jn. 3:4). We know what sin is by the Law of God (Rom. 3:19).
A. The consequence (or wages) of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).
Q13. Did Messiah ever sin? Was he the perfect acceptable sacrifice to bring mankind and the fallen Host to the Father? Was Messiah’s sacrifice better than all other sacrifices?
A. Messiah lived a sinless life and therefore did not need a sacrifice for himself (Heb. 7:27). Rather he offered himself as a sacrifice (Heb. 9:14,26; Eph. 5:2), which was superior or better than all other sacrifices (Heb. 9:13,14,23). He needed only to be offered once (Heb. 7:27) to make reconciliation for us (Heb. 2:17) and obtain redemption for us (Heb. 9:12). His death became the perfect acceptable sacrifice to bring all of us back to the Father (Heb. 7:27, 28; 9:12; 10:10-19; 1Pet. 3:18).
Q14. If we have a problem with our brother or sister must we “fix” the problem before we make offerings to Eloah? Why or why not?
A. Matthew 5:23ff. instructs us that if we have a problem with our brother we must go and fix the problem before we can offer our gift. This is the same concept as daily/immediately asking God to forgive our sins, since sin separates us from God.
Q15. Does God’s word say that from physical things we learn the spiritual concepts?
A. Yes, from the physical we learn the spiritual (Heb. 8:5; Ex. 25:9,40; 1Chr. 28:12,18; Acts 7:44). Eloah gives us many examples and analogies so we can more easily learn what He is trying to show or teach us.
Q16. Did Messiah rise from the dead and go up to His Father’s throne and function as the wave offering in 30 CE? Was he the first of the sacrifices offered and accepted by the Father?
A. We know Messiah in his resurrected state ascended or went up to the Father on the day after the weekly Sabbath, Sunday morning, and was waved as the Wave-Sheaf Offering. He was the first of the first-fruits (1Cor. 15:20, 23). Just as the wave sheaf is waved to the four corners so too is the wave offering, and the heave offering was lifted up on high (cf. Ex. 29:27) just as Messiah rose from the Earth and ascended to his Father’s Throne in the third heaven in the north.
Q17. Did Christ’s sacrifice do away with the Levitical priesthood and replace it with the order of Melchisedek?
A. Christ was the first of the victims/sacrifice or korban of the Feast, which in effect, did away with the Levitical priesthood (cf. Mal. 2:3). He is a priest forever after the Order of Melchisedek (Heb. 5:6).
Q18. Did Messiah fulfill the aspect of the burnt offering? Do you remember what scripture(s) indicate this?
A. Psalm 40 ties to Messiah as being the burnt offering or fulfilling the aspects of the burnt offering (Ps. 40:6-10).
Q19. Who is being referred to as the bread of life (Jn. 6:35; 48, 51), the living bread (Jn. 6: 51), the bread that came down from Heaven (Jn. 6:58)?
A. It is Messiah in all three instances?
A. Yes, from Psalm 22 we see Messiah is the sin offering.
Q21. Who is referred to in the footnote in Psalm 69 of the Companion Bible as the trespass offering, redeeming us from sin.
A. Again it is Messiah fulfilling another aspect of the sacrifices.
A. Yes, in many ways. Messiah was made the Prince of Peace for us by allowing us to access to the Father through his sacrifice (Eph 2:4; Col. 1:20). Messiah is the Prince of peace from (Isa. 6:2l); he gives peace (2Thes. 3:16), guides us into peace (Lk. 1:79) and leaves us peace from (Jn. 14:27).
A. The forms of sacrifice include: prayer (Ps. 141:2); thanksgiving (Ps. 27:6; 107:22; 116:17; Heb. 13:15); praise (Ps. 116:17; Jer. 33:11; Heb. 13:15); faith (Phil. 2:17); doing good (Phil. 4:18; Heb. 13:16); our bodies are to be a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1) with a broken and contrite spirit (Ps. 51:17).
Q25. Are we to present our bodies as living and acceptable sacrifices? If so, how do we do this?
A. We are to present our bodies as an acceptable sacrifice (Phil. 4:18) and a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1), to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of our faith (Phil. 2:17). We are to obey the voice of the Lord (1Sam. 15:22) and do just/righteous acts (Prov. 21:3; Ps. 4:5; 51:19). We are to live the second Great Commandment and lay down our lives for our brother (Mk. 12:33).
Symbolism: Ivory soap: We know that Messiah had a spiritual existence yet we do not know what he looked like. We know he was a Jew of the tribe of Judah and had a plain demeanour from the prophetic comments in the Psalms. He kept the law and thus polled his hair and did not grow it long as he was not a Nazarite. We know he was righteous. We are concerned with his spirit. We know he was spirit and had and used God’s Holy Spirit that typically is represented by water, air or oil in the physical sense.
Use a bar of Ivory soap: it is ivory white representing purity and righteousness. Christ lived a perfect sinless life; he gave up his spiritual existence and became physical for us and the fallen Host; he lived a life like us; he breathed air, ate and drank and dealt with really hard things like friends dying, people not believing him, people trying to kill him etc. The bar of soap floats on water. The analogy is the water is God’s Holy Spirit that keeps us all afloat and prevents us from sinking and dying. If you try to push the bar of soap under it springs back up to the top once the pressure is removed. God always gives us an open door and does not try us more than we are able to bear. He works everything for our good.
Break the new bar of soap in half and place it in the microwave. What do you think will happen? Will anything happen? How long will it take?
What happens? The soap grows because tiny water/air bubbles trapped inside rub against each other in the microwave and expand. When we are changed to spirit beings we change or expand into a totally different form with possibilities to do things we can not even begin to comprehend. Yet, we still have the positive character traits we had as physical beings but with much more potential. The soap still cleans and can help many more in its expanded form.
Major points: Soap cleans us and Christ cleaned us of our sins and restores us back to the Father. Soap floats: once we repent, and we are baptized and obey God and maintain our relationship with God He keeps us afloat through His Holy Spirit. Soap grows and we are to grow in grace and knowledge daily to one day become part of God’s family. The soap – spirit beings – still cleans and can help many more in its expanded form.
Supplies: water, various bars of soap, new bar of Ivory soap, deep see-through bowl, paper towel, microwave, hot pad.
1. Fill the bowl with water.
2. Drop the bars of soap in the bowl of water. Notice how all of the bars of soap sink except for the Ivory brand soap. Why?
3. Remove the ivory soap from the water and break it in half to see if there are any pockets of air hiding in the middle of the bar. (By the way, there are no pockets of air! Hmmmm?)
4. Place the bar of Ivory soap in the middle of a piece of paper towel and place the whole thing in the centre of the microwave oven.
5. Cook the bar of soap on HIGH for 2 minutes. Don't take your eyes off the bar of soap as it begins to expand and erupt into beautiful puffy clouds. Be careful not to overcook your soap soufflé.
6. Allow the soap to cool for a minute or so before touching it. Amazing... it's puffy but rigid.
Ivory soap is one of the few brands of bar soap that floats in water. If it floats in water, it must mean that it's less dense than water. When you broke the bar of soap into several pieces, no large pockets of air were discovered. Ivory soap floats because it has air pumped into it during the manufacturing process. The air-filled soap was actually discovered by accident in 1890 by an employee at Proctor and Gamble. While mixing up a batch of soap, the employee forgot to turn off his mixing machine before taking his lunch break. This caused so much air to be whipped into the soap that the bars floated in water. The response by the public was so favourable that Proctor and Gamble continued to whip air into the soap and capitalized on the mistake by marketing their new creation as “The Soap that Floats!”
Why does the soap expand in the microwave? This is actually very similar to what happens when popcorn pops. Here's the secret: All soap contains water, both in the form of water vapour inside trapped air bubbles (particularly important in the case of Ivory) and water that is caught up in the matrix of the soap itself. The expanding effect is caused by the heating of the water that is inside the soap. The water vaporizes, forming bubbles, and the heat also causes trapped air to expand. Likewise, the heat causes the soap itself to soften and become pliable. This effect is actually a demonstration of Charles' Law. When the soap is heated, the molecules of air in the soap move faster causing them to move far away from each other. This causes the soap to puff up and expand to an enormous size. Charles' Law states that as the temperature of a gas increases so does its volume. Other brands of soap without whipped air tend to heat up and melt in the microwave.