I was very surprised to see Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice, pop up in the calendar notifications of my iPad, under US Holidays, yesterday, August 18, 2018. Instead of reacting, I did some research, and I learned more about the common background of the world’s three major religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
The name means “Festival of the Sacrifice,” and this holiday commemorates Ibraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, who was miraculously replaced by a lamb. Muslims mark the occasion, detailed in Quran, sura 37 (As-Saaffat), ayat 100–112,
by sacrificing a lamb, goat, cow or other animal and sharing the meat with friends and neighbours, and with the poor and needy.
For an interesting explanation of the Muslim interpretation of the sacrifice of Abraham:
Here is a quote from that Wikipedia article:
“Abraham had shown that his love for God superseded all others: that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dearest to him in submission to God’s command… . [Although] Abraham was prepared to make [his own] ultimate sacrifice, God ultimately prevent[ed Abraham’s] sacrifice… .”
As a Christian, I believe that when God provided an unblemished lamb to Abraham, as a perfect substitute for Abraham’s son, God was showing that He would provide His own beloved Son, Jeshuah Ha’Machiach (Jesus the Messiah), as the one and only, ONCE AND FOR ALL, fully perfect and complete sacrifice, for the sins of all who would put their trust in Him. We CANNOT pay for our own sins; it would take oceans of sacrificial blood. So, God provided, and ACCEPTED, the Perfect BLOOD of His own Son, the ONLY acceptable sacrifice. The Bible tells us that God’s beloved Son died for the sins of the WHOLE world, because of God’s immeasurable love for ALL of us.
GOD IS LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH. (def. “Gospel” = Good News!)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8 KJV)