As a belief, the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine of the sanctuary offers a marvelous reading of the Hebraic worship system. This analysis reveals a glorious picture of Jesus Christ that was, among other ends, designed to prepare the Jewish, covenant people for His arrival; His First Coming. It did not accomplish this, for the most part, due to the intransigent disobedience and self-assuredness of the Israelites. Yet, today, it stands, for those Christians who will look, as a luminous architectural and temporal analogy to the work of God, in us, that Christ completes.
Nearly two years ago my Aunt adopted a little girl who has become an integral part of our family. This summer, as part of the legal process of adoption, the family attended a celebration hearing where the judge declared that she was an official part of the family and gave documents to my cousin and her ‘forever family.’ It was not lost on me that the last time I had been in a similar courtroom it had been a fear-inspiring experience; the judgement had been uncertain.
Editor’s Note: This week’s SS lesson is about Christ our Sacrifice, a topic that commands consideration of the requirements of the law. In the upcoming fall issue of Spectrum, Ivan Blazen makes the case for Christ our Law. What follows is an excerpt from that article. To read the entire article, be sure your membership/subscription to the Spectrumjournal is current. The issue will be mailed the first week of December.
This week’s Sabbath School lesson is on sacrifice, which is also about gifts—that which we offer to others. In this commentary, adapted from Spectrum 30-2 (Spring 2002), A. Greg Schneider relates the sacrifices that teachers and others have made—how they have shaped his life, and those of many others.