A Sacrifice for Sin

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 22:1-13

Take your son, your only son Isaac . . . and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering. (v. 2)

“I don’t believe it,” Luther’s wife is reported to have said to her husband, speaking
of the Mt. Moriah story. “I don’t believe God would ask anyone to sacrifice his only

Believe it. God had promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation, and
Isaac is the fulfillment of that promise. But now Abraham is instructed to do the
unthinkable—sacrifice his only son. Will Abraham obey? Having been given the gift of
Isaac, does Abraham now trust the gift or the Giver?

There is another story about a father sacrificing his only son. Like Isaac, Jesus
carries the wood up the hill to the place of sacrifice. Like Isaac, Jesus is laid on the
wood. But there is no last-minute rescue for Jesus, no substitutionary ram caught in the
thicket. Jesus dies, a sacrifice for sin.

But that of course is not the end of the story. God did not finally forsake his son. On Easter morn God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus is the sacrificial “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

He died for our sins. And because he lives, we shall live also!


Lord, thank you for the gift of salvation. Amen.