It's interesting..... the last verse I've heard many times, but I've never really noticed the preceding verses. God isn't interested in sacrifices made to appease Him so He'll leave us alone. God wants changed lives. He wants living sacrifices. And that is something that is impossible to do on our own strength.
So, we need to follow Micah 7:7
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
And rejoice in the truth of Micah 7:18-20
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
In our NT passage we see Jesus' struggle in Gethsemane. He knew what God's will was, but it did not make it easy to fulfill the plan that had been set in motion ever since the beginning of time. I read a quote today on Facebook by Danny MacKay that referenced this exactly.....
Happy birthday my King.
You went from being the King of Heaven, to a vulnerable and helpless baby. I imagine another type of 'Gethsemane' for you on that night before you descended. Before your arrest, you wrestled in that garden with how much you were about to suffer. I bet it was similar in Heaven the night before you came to earth.
But You came.
You put us before yourself. Our souls were more important to you than your own blood. Our place in Heaven was more important to you than your place, so you gave up yours so we could have ours.
This goodwill is overwhelming and very much undeserved.
Today we celebrate that you wanted peace between us. No greater sign than this could ever be given:
For all the sinful, the broken, the hopeless, the dirty. The lonely, the oppressed, and the forgotten. For all who have shame. For the inexcusable.
You opened the way home.
What a marvellous hope for us that you include the word "whosoever" in this:
"For God SO loved the world, that He gave His only Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life" Jn 3:16
No single person should ever doubt their worth again.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Zechariah 1-4; Luke 22:47-71