And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. – Genesis 22-9-13 (KJV).
Remember the story of Abraham, who put his son, Isaac, on the altar in order to obey God?
For the covenant between God and man to work, God had to know if man would be willing to sacrifice his son for God. His intention was to sacrifice His Son for us.
God gave His Son just as Abraham was willing to give his. God gave His to save us from our sin. We are the creations God was supposed to slaughter for our sins, but just as He did with Abraham, He provided a way of escape–a sacrificial animal.
In our case, it was Jesus who was slaughtered for our sins–past, present and future. In Abraham’s case, it was a ram slaughtered instead of his promised son, Isaac.
In the end, Abraham kept his son, and in exchange for Jesus, God received all of us as His sons and daughters. How awesome is that?
– Annagail Lynes