Bible Reading: John 19:17-24
“So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them” [John 19:17-18 Amplified Bible]
In many respects Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac [Genesis 22] was a type and a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Jesus. Genesis 22:2 has a similar ring about it to John 3:16. God said to Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” [Genesis 22:2].
In the case of Isaac, God provided a substitute that was sacrificed in the place of Isaac. But God allowed His own Son, whom he loved, to be sacrificed for us. There was no substitute for Jesus because He became our substitute. The similarity continues because just as Isaac carried the wood for the burnt offering, so Jesus carried His cross. But the similarity does not end there!
The place where Isaac was offered as a sacrifice was at Mount Moriah. According to 2 Chronicles 3:1 Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. A dear friend and a pastor, Derek Walker, and an expert on Israel, says in his book, “Mount Moriah, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb” [available from Amazon in hard copy and kindle format], that Mount Moriah rises and becomes a plateau. It was on that plain that the Temple was built. However, Mount Moriah continued to rise to its peak in the north of the city and outside the city wall. The peak of Mount Moriah was known as Golgotha, or the place of the skull. It was the same place where both Isaac was sacrificed and Jesus was crucified. This is not a coincidence but foreshadowed Christ’s death 2,000 years before He was crucified.
In Genesis we read that God provided a substitute for Abraham to offer in place of his son, and Isaac’s life was spared. “Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh [“The Lord Will Provide”]; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided’” [Genesis 22:14]. The phrase “to this day” implies that this provision was not just for Abraham and Isaac, but literally the place, where to this day God provides all our needs, through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross!
Sadly, the phrase Jehovah Jireh has been most commonly used to describe God’s provision of finance, but it is far more than that. At the cross Jesus provided for all our needs, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. At the cross there is salvation. At the cross there is healing. At the cross God made available to us everything that we need!
Read Psalm 103:2-5. What are some of the benefits that the Psalmist says that God has provided for us?
What is your personal need today? Would you take time now to seek God, and come to the cross afresh so that He can meet that need?