God has always used sacrifice as redemption for sin.
Romans 12 begins this way: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
In the tabernacle law, a sacrificial animal was required for the redemption of sins. When Jesus died on the cross some two millennia ago, we received the ultimate sacrifice for all sin. There was now no longer a necessity for a temple sacrificial system for redemption. What does it mean then for us to be a “living sacrifice?” We are asked to die to our own dreams, desires and ideals and to walk by faith In Jesus… This is scary because we do not want to lose those things.
The beauty of this sacrificial death is discovering what we gain, when we are willing to lose everything. Here is the beauty of faith. God has even better dreams, desires and destiny for you, more than you can ever fathom. Sacrifice is necessary. We join Jesus in laying down our life and taking up the cross, so that we can discover something far better than we can now imagine.