Morning Message of Motivation
Christ our Redeemer: 20
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Abraham’s determination to obey God fully was constant.
He had woken up early.
He had cut the wood for the sacrifice.
He had traveled for three days to Mount Moriah, the place of the sacrifice.
The next thing he had to do was to separate himself from his servants.
Genesis 22:5 NKJV
“And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
This separation meant that he and Isaac would have to do the menial work of the servants.
Genesis 22:6 NKJV
“So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.”
Abraham decided that he and Isaac alone would go up into the mount of sacrifice.
Abraham knew his servants would never understand God’s instruction.
The disciples of Jesus Christ also didn’t understand His sacrifice. They even tried to persuade Him to not go to the cross.
Matthew 16:21 NKJV
“From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Peter disagreed with Jesus totally.
He thought Christ was wrong.
Matthew 16:22 NKJV
“Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
Christ however stood His ground and rebuked the devil.
Matthew 16:23 NKJV
“But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
A sacrifice is by definition painful, and requires a willingness to lose something precious and valuable. To sacrifice, you must value the things of God such as obedience, love, mercy etc more highly than the things of men.
Peter did not have this understanding so he tried to stop Christ’s sacrifice.
May you have a full understanding of all the things of God.
May you receive the complete benefits of Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf, in Jesus’ name.