Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).”
Reflection from Walt Dibbern:
I did not now this verse before today. Christ speaking before His birth? Before entering our world? Isn’t this a surprise for many of us?
And then, after letting it sink in, I realized it’s not so much a surprise.
I’ve often wondered about a bridge that spans the two great paths we call the Old Testament and the New Testament. It would mark an end to an epic of thousands of years and generations that began in the Garden of Eden. And it would open the door to a new beginning, one that starts with God Himself coming to dwell on earth.
In this passage I hear Christ saying “enough, it’s over” to the bloody sacrifices of the ancient Hebrew temples. There is no more atoning of sin by burning the flesh of an animal. I think I also hear an acknowledgement that these rituals never worked; that the blood altar had become an event in itself, and God’s precepts were being ignored in the lives of His people. But they did enjoy those bloody parties!
In my thoughts, I see the Old-Testament as the childhood of the Church. The child needed to be taught, and the old rituals were part of the lessons. But the child never got it, never took the lessons into his heart.
And now The Savior is coming. Childhood is over.
Keep your eye on us, Father, and instruct us in your ways. When we stray and fail to obey your will, don’t let us stray too far. Bring us back quickly, Lord. Teach us to walk our path every day beside your Son and our King, Jesus Christ. And so, Amen.