18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
He maybe didn't sleep much that night, but He believed that God who promised he would have a son must have had a plan. Perhaps God would raise his son up from the dead if obeyed His command. So, early in the morning, Abraham loaded up a donkey with some firewood, gathered his servants together, and marched his son, Isaac, to the mountain where God led him. You've probably heard this story, so tell me, did Abraham kill his son? No. God stopped him before he did it, but the Bible says it was all done as a figure (or a picture). Here is the "figure."
A couple thousand years later, Jesus was born. He was the "son of God," and the Bible says that God gave His only begotten son to be sacrificed. He grew to be a man, but people wanted to kill Him. One day, early in the morning, men took Jesus to hang Him on a cross. The man in charge asked Jesus, "Don't you know I have the power to kill you?" and Jesus said, "You don't have any power unless my Father gives it to you." God allowed His only Son to be killed! And Jesus willingly laid down His life, the Bible says.
They marched Jesus down the road to a place called Mount Calvary. It was the appointed place, just like there was an appointed place God led Abraham to take Isaac. Then, soldiers placed the cross on Jesus, just like the wood for the fire was placed on Isaac. Then, Jesus carried the cross to the top of Calvary to be crucified, but this time God didn't stop them. Jesus was killed because it was the only way we could be forgiven of our sins and live forever in Heaven.
Thankfully, three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and came out of the tomb. He told His disciples to spread the news to the world that whoever believes in Jesus (that He was the son of God and that He died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that He rose from the dead to show us that He can raise us from the dead, too) can have eternal life. Do you believe that? Do you have faith to trust God and His Word? Let's pray.