We should never forget that every OT sacrifice ultimately pointed to Jesus’ sacrifice. However, He was not only our sacrifice but also our High Priest offering His own blood for us. We were much like the lepers in the OT, scarred and separated from everything and everyone by our sin. Their restorative process was very similar to our own.
1. Jesus came to us while we were in sin (Rom. 5:8).
Lev. 14:3 “And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;”
2. Jesus took upon himself earthly flesh in order that He may die for us to be set free (Rom. 5:6).
V5-7 “And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.”
3. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us to become holy, not just clean.
V14 “And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:”
LESSON - Salvation is not an end, but a beginning (Phil.1:6). Once saved, we were placed on a trajectory towards becoming like the Lord. Everyday we live, we either draw closer to the purpose for which we were saved or we do not. If you are saved, you’ve been made clean. Now what? Do you want back that which sin has stolen? The choice is yours!