Inasmuch as Christian doctrine, from the very beginning, has regarded the death of Jesus on the Cross as the definitive atoning sacrifice offered to the glory of God, this interpretation became the key to the theological understanding of the various sacrifices earlier prescribed in the Old Testament. Consequently, when the Apostle Paul wrote that Christ gave “himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:2), he enunciated the theological principle by which to understand the many prior sacrifices ordained or described in Holy Writ.
That is to say, the Church interprets the sacrifices of the Old Covenant as prophetic of the perfect oblation offered by the true High Priest on the altar of t . . .