When I was a child, one of our favorite family dinners was my mom’s BBQ Beef Stew. I remember my dad would come through the door from work and say the smell made his mouth water. It was that good! I always make mine in the crock pot and as it cooks all day – the house is filled with this amazing aroma.
What is your favorite smell? Perhaps a rose or fresh baked bread, pine trees, a camp fire or your husband’s cologne.
In Leviticus chapters 1-5, we see this phrase repeated over and over in every chapter:
“it is an offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.” (ESV)
It is not the smell of the offering alone that pleased the Lord but rather the heart behind the offering, the aroma represented.
Then we read this in the New Testament:
“Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
Jesus was the final offering – the final sacrifice. It was because of his love that He gave himself up for us.
All of Leviticus points to Jesus.
All of the sacrifices point to Jesus.
All of the offerings point to Jesus.
And the aroma of Jesus’ sacrifice was pleasing to God.
And now – we are no longer under the law of Leviticus.
We are under the law of love. We are to love God and love others. These are the greatest commandments. (Matthew 22:27,28)
And as Ephesians 5:2 says, we are to “walk in love” because Jesus loved us and gave himself up for us as an offering and sacrifice to God.
His blood atoned for our sin.
I stand in awe of the parallels and symbolism and the weaving of Jesus through the Old Testament until He comes in Matthew chapter 1 – as Immanuel – God with us!
Leviticus 1-5 is messy and bloody and very foreign to us in our modern world. This makes it a hard read. But as we squirm and struggle and seek to understand – may we fall on our knees and give thanks to God for the forgiveness of sins He has offered us through His son – the final sacrifice.
What’s your aroma like?
Look at 2 Corinthians 2:14-15,
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” (ESV)
We are the aroma of Christ to God!
And do you see how Christ leads us?
“Christ always leads us in triumphal procession.”(v14)
Our lives are to be a “triumphal procession”.
We are the “smell of victory”.
When we proclaim the truth of Jesus’ triumph over sin and death our aroma is pleasing to God!
At the local school football games – when the home team wins – the victory bell is rung and the band plays a celebration song. A triumphal procession takes place in the stadium and everyone celebrates.
Jesus has triumphed over sin and death!
Your life is a triumphal procession.
No matter what is going wrong in our lives, no matter what hand we are dealt by this broken world, no matter what our fears or failures are – Paul says, we are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37.)
MORE than conquerors?
How can we be more?
We are super, duper 😉 matchless conquerors!
(image credit: Time Warp Wife)
Have you been knocked down by the cares of this world or by sin that is dragging you away from Jesus?
When life knocks you down. Get up.
Draw near to God. Don’t stay down.
The victory bell rang on Resurrection Day.
Because of the blood of the lamb shed once and for all – our lives are a triumphal procession.
You are a “pleasing aroma to the Lord.”
Live like MORE THAN a conqueror.
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58esv
Keep walking with the King,
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