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Automated Salvation!

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June 27, 2022

Chris was extremely perturbed! In the last 2 days, he had gossiped about his colleague, lied to his Mom, cursed a bus driver, watched porn for a few hours, and spoken ill of the President over the poor state of the country. Now, he felt really bad as his conscience pricked him hard. But this was not what worried him the most.

The fact that the price of lambs and goats had tripled in the last four months irked him the most. Last week, he had had to drive down from Victoria Island to a market in Ojota to get the most affordable lamb. Driving down to the temple to offer the sacrifices for his sins was another kettle of fish. He had to be there as early as 4:30am, yet he was number 703. He waited there till past 7pm before the priest could attend to him.

Since then, he had been so careful, so intentional, so watchful about committing any sin, not because he wanted to please the God that the priest had told him was angry whenever he sinned, but because he wanted to avoid the expense of purchasing the lamb and the stress, rigour and long, arduous and bloody process of ritual that went into slaughtering the lamb at the temple. It was often a laborious one:

When anyone is guilty…he must confess in what way he has sinned and, as a penalty for the sin he has committed, he must bring to the LORD a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.— Leviticus 5:5–6

If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he is to bring a female without defect. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it for a sin offering at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered. Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. He shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the lamb of the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar on top of the offerings made to the LORD by fire. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven. — Leviticus 4:32–35

This process wearied Chris anytime he had to undergo it. His peace and joy were often short-lived, and he spent a lot of money and time because he never could get himself to not sin.

But then one day, Chris couldn’t believe his ears when he heard that the ritual had been abolished, and that the entire process had now been automated.

How? Who? Where? When? Those where the wh- questions that ran through his mind. Some answers came:

1. Automation requires sophistication: Every automation requires a sophisticated technology superior to the one that preceded it. In the project called Salvation, the blood of goats and bulls and lambs were old forms of technology and were weak, unprofitable and cost God and man too much time and money before results could be reaped, and even these results were only short-lived. God needed to deploy a more sophisticated technology that even though would initially cost so much but, in the end, would save a lot of time and money.

Animal sacrifices were not sophisticated enough; a human sacrifice was required, and not just any human. For the technology to be sophisticated, it had to be the sacrifice of Someone with a lot of Value, Weight, and Import in the scheme of things. It had to be God’s Own Beloved Son. The blood of His Son was, in God’s judgement, priceless and more than met the demands for the sin of any man that ever sinned or would ever sin. This technology was gingerly conceptualized, curated, crafted and cascaded all through time and eternity to solve the problem of sin once and for all. Jesus is a sophisticated automation that cost God so much but saves humanity so well. The blood of goats and other animals were a shadow, but the blood of Jesus is the real Mccoy (Hebrews 10:1).

2. Automation eliminates repetition: When processes are automated, it is so that customers would not have to repeat a particular activity too many times before they can enjoy a particular service. In dealing with sin that stood in the way of achieving intimacy with man, God needed an automated and sustainable process. The sacrifices that had to be offered year in, year out were repetitive and ineffective (Hebrews 10:1). Post resurrection, while repentance is expected everytime we fall short, the needless repetitive process of queuing up to purchase animal sacrifices, and then waiting to be attended to by the priest and then painstakingly observing the process of rituals at the temple have now all been eliminated.

Jesus has made the process quicker and faster. Just imagine that with the population of the world right now, every time anyone sinned, every single person had to go through the former process of offering sacrifices for the atonement of their sins; many would perish in their guilt and condemnation for several months while waiting to be attended to at the temple. Then, what will even be the fate of those who wouldn’t be able to afford these animals especially with the inflation and poverty index rates in many under developing countries? Salvation (which was not even full and complete at the time) would have been an illusion, a far-fetched reality if Jesus never died. The salvation package brokered through the blood of Jesus compresses the time it takes for man to get aligned to God anytime he falls. Anytime you sin, you can literally stand in your room and plead the blood, and your conscience is made clean again. No goats. No lambs. No traffic. No delays. No queues. What an automation!! And this is much more sustainable.

3. Automation promotes satisfaction: When customers enjoy an automated service without stress, without delays, and at a cheaper cost, both the clients and the owners of the business are happy and satisfied. This was what the old process did not and could not achieve.

You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them.. — Hebrews 10:8.

Jesus is the automation that gives true satisfaction that no other system or process can supply.

God looks at you everytime and sees Jesus and smiles in satisfaction. He is pleased about the product called you, because He sees you through the lens of His son. More specifically, He is excited to advertise His product (Jesus) to the world because He knows customers (lost souls) not only need it but will find true satisfaction once they purchase (accept) Him. This is why evangelism is key. The world is patronizing wrong products while abandoning the real product that truly satisfies. What a sad reality! Your voice should be loud on this product called Jesus, because you’re confident only Him satisfies both the business owner (God) and the client (you).

How should you respond to this automated salvation? In order to effectively cash in on this reality and leverage this masterful technology called Jesus, three things are key:

1. Thanksgiving: In the Old, Priests offered animal sacrifices for men’s sins in temples daily. In the New, You are the Priest (Royal Priesthood) but your sacrifice is different. As a Priest your responsibility is to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5) One of such spiritual sacrifices is the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and this should be daily too:

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord— Psalms 116:17

It is worth noting that there are two times in all of scripture where the will of God was specifically and directly explained. The first time is connected to thanksgiving.

In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We should perpetually live everyday saying, “Thank you Jesus.” In fact, I have made it a daily practice that everytime I wake up, the very first thing I say is, “Thank you Jesus.” Even right now as you are reading this, can you pause and say, “Thank you Jesus”?

You have just done the will of God. In doing this, you are fulfilling your priestly ministry and offering sacrifices as a response to your salvation is automated.

2. Consecration: Animal sacrifices have been abolished, but God still wants another kind of sacrifice — your body — to be presented daily as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). The second time where the will of God was explained directly and clearly is connected to consecration:

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication — 1 Thessalonians 4:3

Dear Reader, an automated salvation requires continuous consecration. An automated salvation requires that you flee youthful lusts! It requires that you guard your heart! It requires that you watch what you watch! It requires that you stay separate from sin because you are a living sacrifice.

3. Kindness: An automated salvation builds a bridge of kindness in your heart that extends to humanity, and this is what powers your desire to evangelize, give, and help lost souls in need. This is something that excites God. In fact, He calls these acts of kindness, sacrifices that please His heart.

Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous, and distribute and contribute to the needy, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God — Hebrews 13:16.

Dear Reader, as I close, you must know that though your salvation is automated, you have a role to play. There are no more priests and animal sacrifices, but God requires of you (the Priest) the sacrifice of your praise (and thanksgiving), the sacrifice of your body (consecration) and the sacrifice of doing good to humanity (kindness).

This week, enjoy automated salvation, but also complete the process by playing your part!

Do have a God-sized week!

Peace Bamidele

@askpeace_

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