God is the source of all life and being connected with him or in his presence means that he constantly feeds you with his life giving power of light. You don't age, you don't hunger or grow old and you are never sad or angry.
However, if a person chooses to not believe God and proving it by not obeying his warning against it then that person becomes disconnected from God or committed a sin, unfortunately God is life giving and to be separated from him means to be separated from his life giving power so we start to slowly die off. Like when you take away food and water from a person.
So basically to choose & accept sin (to disobey) is to choose death or to be separated from God since God is the life giver.
So how do we solve the problem? The answer is for someone to take our place and pay the price of sin or death which can only be payed back with life, an expensive payment to say the least since it's your life that needs to pay for it.
So the sacrifice or substitute for your life was put in place to save you. It is believed that when a man sins he needs to become pure again so the way he does this is that he brings to God a sacrifice or substitute for himself to pay for the man's own sins.
The story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis are an example of what kind of sacrifice God desires.
The idea is that a man could transfer his sins into a clean and innocent animal by placing his hand on a sacrifice. As his sins are transferred onto the animal he kills it so the animal dies with the man's sins and at the same time the blood of the innocent animal covers your body, making you in a sense the innocent animal now and the dead animal your substitute for your punishment from your sins.
The blood is basically a covering that changes your appearance from sinner to innocent.
However, this blood is from an animal, it's not exactly the same price as that of a human. The covering is only temporary and wears out so you need some kind of super holy clean blood sacrifice, blood from a holy being that created you in his image.
So because GOD loves you so much that he sent his only son, or GOD in the flesh, to the world so that he could die in our place as himself a sacrifice for you , me, and everybody who accepts GOD's gift by believing it and proving the belief.
Jesus is this sacrifice, this worthy and holy being who has the exact price to pay for the death of the whole world's sins. As proof of this sacrifice being accepted, Jesus, defeats death by coming back to life after being dead for 3 days. His resurrection as proof that he was alive again convinced everybody who was with him and saw him that he was telling the truth.
People were so sure in fact that many of these Christians willingly chose to believe in Jesus Christ, even if it meant that the Romans would kill them, they still stood by it all the way into their execution. This is a pretty strong testimony when people are willing to die for what they believe in.
Not just a few either but multitudes of people!
History tells us that many Christians died and were hunted down during this time. There are secular writings as well that describe these peaceful followers strangely and willingly dying for Jesus! Look it up!
These Christians were even given the option to save themselves from these executions if only they would say that the resurrection was false and that Jesus Christ didn't rise again. These followers of Christ could have easily saved themselves from execution but still they chose to die for the truth that they saw with their own eyes.
These people touched Jesus body, gave him food to eat, and communicated with him, they examined him and all of them agreed that this was the same person and he was indeed alive!!!
They then see him one last time and witness him ascending into heaven. This was shocking to everyone because he was literally on his way to be with God the Father in Heaven.
The sacrifice and Jesus are all described in the old testament Torah using imagery and symbols through real people's lives.
After Adam and Eve had sinned, GOD created coverings for them with animal skins to hide their shame and nudity. The animal skins are a sacrificed animal that cover Adam and Eve's sin against God temporarily.
Genesis 22, Verse 21,
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
God promises a savior to In Genesis 3
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Woman don't have seed, only men do, so is this a virgin birth? This seed also bruises the serpent's head a.k.a. death/sin/devil yet his heel will be bruised, Jesus Christ dying on the cross with serpent like teeth or nails being driven into him and suffering the serpents poisonous bite of death.
Then there is Abraham and his son, a picture of God the father and his son JESUS, Abraham was to sacrifice his son to GOD and when his son asks his father, "where is the sacrifice", Abraham answers
Genesis 22, verse 8,
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
It's practically word play, a foreshadow of Jesus Christ.
Isaac was laid on wood after carrying it up a hill or mountain (just like Jesus taking his cross made of wood to be crucified) to be sacrificed. Who else do we know that would be laid on wood and nailed down? Jesus Christ.
As a burnt offering speaks of that hell fire which Jesus would see but not experience since he is pure. Isaac was spared in place of a ram, symbolizing that Jesus would live after the sacrifice and that ram burning instead, that sinful devil who loses his power over those who accepted Christ in Sheol and were allowed to go into Heaven with Christ as he rose up again.
"He came to set the captives free" as it is written in the bible.
Isiah in the old testament foretells about Christ to.
And the virgin birth
Isaiah 7, verse 14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The word is originally not virgin but young girl of marriageable age. However Hebrew girls that would be marriageable were required to be virgins otherwise they would be put to death if they didn't bleed after the marriage ceremony while she consummated the marriage with sex with her husband.
If her bed was not bloody after the man had sex with her, she would be exposed as an adulterous who cheated on her husband by sleeping with another man before she was married and would be stoned to death as it is written in the laws of God told by Moses.
The word Immanuel means "God is with us", meaning God would be among us in the flesh as Jesus Christ.
The prophecy is overwhelming and all these writings are separated by hundreds and thousands of years and told by different prophets and writings and yet they all support each other and the idea of a Messiah coming and saving us from sins death.
There are many more references to in the old testament and Jesus in the new testament fulfilling these sayings and writings such as Jonah being the the belly of the fish for 3 days and Noah's ark being spared judgement in a pitch covered vessel.
The Exodus in Egypt with Moses is another where lambs blood is being put on a house to protect it from judgement, again a sacrifice that saves the first born a.k.a. Jesus blood protecting those with the blood covering as the judgement of God spares the house with people in it from judgment. Also the first born dying who didn't have it symbolizing Jesus dying himself as our substitute being the first and only born of GOD.
It was also to prove to the Egyptians that their God of fertility and death was false since GOD himself destroyed their power. Each of the plagues were linked to gods or idols that Egyptians worshiped. The Nile turning to blood, Locust destroying crops, etc.
Also the death of the body doesn't mean death of the soul, we're not told what happened to the first born of Egypt after they died physically though they were likely judged or spared according to their actions as the bible describes though lets also keep in mind that Pharaoh was stubborn to let the children of Israel go free so these deaths were on him.
Pharaoh was stubborn and God strengthened the pharaoh's stubbornness since Pharaoh insisted on disobeying the one true GOD, even after GOD continually was proving Pharaoh's gods or idols were powerless and false.
Not to mention that in the beginning of this story, Pharaoh ordered all the Hebrew baby males to be killed throughout the land of Egypt.
Throughout the rest of the bible GOD teaches good vs evil and lets the people see and experience the consequences of disobeying GOD through himself and their enemies and/or the benefits and blessings of GOD's forgiveness, grace, riches, and healing because of obeying him and treating each other with love and showing mercy.
And finally the clincher
The whole crucifixion foretold in here and pretty hard to deny it when you read this.
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"Melchizedek the High priest that blessed Abraham, had no mother or father, no record of his beginning or end. Because of this, many believe he was a Christophany or preincarnate image of Jesus."
He even brought bread and wine...last supper anyone?
Look up what all the names given mean to and you'll see a strong connection to Jesus.