THE FRAGRANT OFFERING
"Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us
and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians
The imagery of a fragrant offering is drawn from the Jewish sanctuary system. In this
system, fragrant offerings occupied an important part of the ceremonies in the Holy Place
30:1-9). On the Day of Atonement, the priest entered the most Holy Place and burned
sweet smelling incense that engulfed the ark of the covenant (see Leviticus
16:12, 13). The aroma of the incense offering symbolized the supreme offering of
Christ's life on the cross for the salvation of all who believe. It represented the merits
and intercession of Christ our righteousness.
Christ is the fragrant offering because He is an offering of love, voluntarily given for
the redemption of the human race. It is fragrant to God because in love He gave, and in
love Jesus came (see John 3:16).
Love is always fragrant, precious, and priceless. In God's redemption plan, He gave the
choicest, purest, and most fragrant gift in the universe to save a prodigal world.
Heaven's supreme gift to humanity was the fragrant love offering of Christ, our Redeemer.
Only through this priceless gift can we have eternal life. As Ellen G. White so
beautifully states it: "The merit of the righteousness of Christ is the only ground
upon which the sinner may hope for a title to eternal life; for Christ hath given himself
for us, an offering and sacrifice to God, as a sweet-smelling savor. An infinite price was
paid for man's redemption."--Signs of the Times, June 18, 1894.
My Prayer Today: Lord, the fragrant love offering of Your beloved Son has captured
me. May I in turn learn to love as He loves me. Amen.