It is amazing to think of Numbers 28 and 29 in light of the New Testament. Before Jesus, the ceremonial laws requiring sacrifices were long and complicated. But our Savior lovingly laid down His life as the perfect sacrifice!
One of my favorite verses is John 1:29:
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,’Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.'”
This is such a succinct statement of who Jesus is and what He came to Earth to do. We’ve talked a lot about this in our study of the Old Testament thus far, but this verse always reminds me of the sacrificial nature of the cross, and why Jesus’s blood had to be shed for our sins. Because sometimes in the day-to-day, we forget the pain, shame, and anguish that Jesus suffered through in His last days. Yet, He saw it through to the end, knowing that the very people He was dying for were standing there yelling to crucify Him and that for generations later, the people He was a sacrifice for would turn away from Him into the world.
Mark 9:1-29 also portrays Jesus’ power in incredible ways. The combination of the stories of the transfiguration and the casting out of the demon are very interesting. We see in these stories Jesus’ power over all things, natural and supernatural alike. How wonderful is it to know that Jesus has control over all things! Not only is He the spotless Lamb, He is also the all powerful King. We carry His name before us into the battle of everyday life. Let us lean on Him at all times.