According to my understanding and explanation of sacrifice, a sacrifice is whatever has been taken and put in the lime light to defend a certain cause with its own life. The sacrifice is in a position of risk to lose its life. Many of us have witnessed or at least heard of certain sacrifices that took place somewhere.
Usually for a sacrifice to take place there is usually bloodshed when that animal is killed as a sign of an oath, covenant, will, testament, treaty for that cause. During a sacrifice life or lives are lost so that the cause may not die but live so in other words that means where there is no death there is no cause and where there is a cause there is need for death for that cause to sustain. Because a will is in force only when someone dies, it never takes effect while the one who made it is still living (Hebrew 9:17)
In the biblical chronicles it is clear that every time there was a spiritual fortification or quest, there was always a sacrifice made. We see it right from Genesis when God made promises to Abraham and later swore by Himself when He passed through that sacrifice. Even the bible is divided into two parts namely; the old and the new covenant. The old treaty meant that whenever there was a cause to be followed a certain life had to die and whenever the treaty was broken a life had to be taken away and the process repeated itself again and again.
But the new treaty was different and I am going to dwell much on it. This is the New Testament on which we are living today and would like you to read the book of Hebrews chapters 9 and 10 to get more insight on this discussion. During creation Adam and Eve committed sin and that led to the whole human race to be inherent carriers of sin whenever they were born. Good works or a good heart could not save a soul from the death of sin. This was not the initial plan of God for man and people had to sacrifice animals as a sign of consecration and linking up with God again.
Life had become very expensive because of the sacrifices, sin sacrifices, cleansing sacrifices where birds and livestock had to die. Some even sacrificed to idols for the same cause of filling up their spiritual quest for linking up with the supreme. A man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people (Hebrews 9:27-28), because by one sacrifice He made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrew 10:14).
Jesus is the last sacrifice for He died once and for all. He died to redeem you to God. He restored man back to his original position in God. Any sacrifice today is of no effect because the blood was shed at Calvary and it cleanses of all infirmities. The Testator has died so the will is in force and no one can revoke it.
Remember the love of God that He loves you and live to please only Him. Let your life be meaningful to the Lord, His will is found in His word, no need for sacrifices anymore. Any sacrifice other than that of Jesus Christ is detestable before the Lord, He no longer needs it because His Son was the conclusion of all sacrifice, He is the Last Sacrifice. As you celebrate Christmas reflect on the Love of God and see if your way of life is what the Lord requires, you donot have to look elsewhere to see the God kind of life because it is found right in His word.