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Missionaries for Life

I recently learned about an app that allows one to hear the heartbeat of a six-week-old baby in the womb. This app is probably old news to many (especially those younger than I!), but it was a revelation to me.

Our culture insists on “following the science,” but denies the same science when convenient, even when the truth is staring us in the face—or in the case of this app, proclaiming itself in our ears.

The Letter to the Hebrews speaks about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and how it fulfills and perfects the pattern of what came before. In the ninth chapter we read a description of the “tabernacle”—the sanctuary—and the Holy of Holies set off by veils, and the priest offering the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement. Hebrews also tells us how Christ fulfills all of that by offering himself. Only his blood is the one perfect sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world.

When we look closely at the Old Testament, we see other signs prefiguring Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. The early fathers of the church write that Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac foreshadows Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. Isaac carries the wood for the sacrifice up the mountain. Carrying the wood was the duty of the priest. And so by bearing the wood for his own sacrifice, Isaac is representing both priest and victim, like our Lord on Calvary.

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