Eid Al-Adha is considered the most important Muslim holiday in much of the Muslim world. Since Eid became an official feast, it has been a celebration where Muslims thank God for supplying a ram so that Abraham would not have to sacrifice his son. Muslims celebrate this through sacrificing a goat, sheep, or cow.
Qs. 37:107 says, “And we ransomed him (Abraham’s son) with a great sacrifice.” But why do Muslims sacrifice? Is it just a ritual? Sacrificing an animal is to symbolize that you are willing to sacrifice your best for God. Are you? Is it necessary to sacrifice every year?
Does Abraham’s Sacrifice Point to Isa Al-Masih?
If one looks at Abraham’s story carefully, he will see a direct correlation to Isa Al-Masih. Just as God provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Abraham’s son, God sent Isa Al-Masih to earth to be the sacrifice in place of humankind.
Sacrifice Required as Payment for Sin
Allah teaches in the Taurat that sacrifice is the necessary payment for sin. He gave the Hebrew people strict guidelines about how to sacrifice, and what types of sacrifices were needed for what sins. But all sin required a sacrifice. And whatever was sacrificed had to be perfect. Once a year, a sacrifice was made to pay for every sin that Israel committed (Taurat, Leviticus 16).
Every person sins. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of our sin, we deserve death. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This is why God set up the sacrificial system. By sacrificing and shedding blood, people could pay for their sin. But the problem with this is that every time a person sinned, he had to sacrifice, and every year a sacrifice had to be made for the people.
One Final Sacrifice for Sin
When Isa Al-Masih died on the cross in our place, He was the final sacrifice. No sacrifice ever has to be made again. On the cross, Isa cried “It is finished” (Injil, John 19:30). This was a financial term that literally meant “paid in full.” Isa Al-Masih paid the full price for our sin. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
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