This year for Lent I’m trying something new. I’m preaching and teaching in Leviticus for Lent. (That sound you hear is the stunned silence of my congregation.)
I’ve always wanted to preach Leviticus during Lent. It just makes sense. Leviticus is one of the most important books in the Bible. And it’s almost impossible to understand what Jesus does on the Cross apart from it.
After all, think about it for a moment. How do you know Jesus can die on a cross for our sins? How do we know that His death can truly provide real, lasting forgiveness for us?
True, the New Testament seems to talk about that a bit. Paul has a few thoughts on that. The author of Hebrews helps us quite a bit. But, how do they know? Who told them? Where did they get their information?
In short, they got it from Leviticus. In fact, the whole book of Hebrews is really just a rehashing of Leviticus from a New Testament perspective. It’s a reworking of Leviticus in light of Jesus the Messiah’s death on the Cross.
And that’s what interests me at Lent. Leviticus in the light of Jesus on the Cross. Or rather, Jesus’ death on the Cross in the light of Leviticus. To view the Cross through the lens of Leviticus. That’s the goal.
After all, the truth is, Leviticus is our Theology of Atonement. Leviticus is where God outlines what it takes to find forgiveness in His eyes.
And all of that informs how we see Jesus on the Cross, because Jesus is the fulfillment of Leviticus. Everything God requires of Israel in Leviticus Jesus fulfills by His death on the Cross.
So, for the next few weeks, as I preach and teach on Leviticus at church, I hope to share a few of the thoughts and ideas here. Hopefully, it will be interesting. At the least, it will help me think out loud.