• INTRODUCTION: The familiar story of Abraham's sacrifice of his only son, Isaac, is a picture of true faith. But it also gives us insight into the relationship God the Father has for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. What an incredible sacrifice, unlike Abraham almost made, that God made by giving His Son up to die.

  • Genesis 22:1-2: To test Abraham's obedience to God, God purposely makes an intensely agonizing request of Abraham that he take his only son he waited almost 100 years to be born (Genesis 21:5) and kill him and offer him to God as a burnt offering.
  • One big difference between the commanded sacrifice of Isaac and the death of Christ is that the death of Isaac would have marked the end of the promise God made to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-2) whereas the death of Christ marks the fulfillment of a better promise than if Christ was spared

  • Genesis 22:7-8: Isaac may have been getting nervous as he and his dad, Abraham, were approaching the altar with wood and fire but no lamb. Isaac asked where the sacrifice was but Abraham simply said, "God would provide."
  • Genesis 22:11-12: God graciously stops the execution of Isaac.
  • Years later, another beloved Son found Himself in a similar situation. Jesus Christ was wrongly accused and facing death and Jesus asks His Father: (Mark 14:36) "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt."

  • We can relate to how God the Father felt about His Only Son, Jesus, just because of how we feel about our own sons--especially Abraham who earnestly waited 100 years for his only one!

  • Jesus is the alternate "ram caught in the thicket" that God sacrificed for our atonement instead of sacrificing US all--you and I!

  • On this Maundy Thursday, Jesus is conducting the "Last Supper" with his disciples.