Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Aroma of Sacrifice

In Ephesians 5 we are instructed to be imitators of God as dear children, to walk in love as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Sacrifice before God is never unnoticed by God.  All that Christ did, in His suffering and death, could have appeared to some in those moments that God had forgotten Jesus – or that His sufferings were not noticed.  Even Jesus crying out on the cross, “Why have you forsaken Me?” leads us to wonder.

But here we are, recipients of that sacrifice.  Nothing went unnoticed by the Father.  And in Christ, this Table also teaches and seals for us this truth – no suffering of His children ever goes unnoticed – all suffering for Christ – all obedience to the Father, and especially obedience that pays a price, goes unnoticed.  It is before Him a sweet-smelling aroma.  In Christ, nothing, absolutely nothing, in our lives, goes unnoticed.

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