Imagine yourself as an Old Testament worshipper, living in the Sinai desert with Moses as your leader. You step inside the outer court of the tabernacle and immediately feel a blast of heat from a large bronze and bloody altar. It’s clear that a sacrifice must be made for your sins in order to enter into the holy presence of God (Exodus 27:1-8).
Fortunately, God accepts an animal as a substitute. You hand an unblemished lamb to the priest. The bleating of lambs fills your ears until one by one the sound disappears.
The bronze altar points to Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us on the cross. Somebody had to pay the penalty for our sins. By God’s grace, Jesus did.