The Three Day Sacrifice

Have you ever wondered why Jesus rose on the third day? Why not the day after or a week later? Was it to give His disciples time to spread the word that the great Rabbi had died? I mean, the more people that could find out in that time, the greater the miracle of it, right? Well not exactly.

If any sacrifice is eaten on the third day, it will be contaminated, and I will not accept it.

Leviticus 19:7 nlt

You see in Leviticus, there are certain sacrifices that could not be eaten on or after the third day or the offering would be void. Every action Jesus ever made was to fulfill the Law of Moses so that there could be true freedom and restoration between us and God. He rose on the third day because, had He remained entombed, His death on the cross would not have fulfilled that part of the Law, nullifying His sacrifice.

If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the Lord. You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin.

Leviticus 7:18 nlt

There are other aspects of His death that fulfilled the law, such as His blood running down the cross as a fulfillment of sprinkling the sacrifice’s blood along the sides of the altar and the rest draining out to the base. Leviticus may seem like a dull read (trust me I thought that once, too) but once you read it, you can see just how Jesus fully and completely fulfilled the Law, giving us freedom and redemption.

Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

Matthew 5:17-18 nlt

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