We have some friends who own cows. It is calving time so they are getting several new arrivals. One of these new little ones must have been stepped on by another cow and ended up with a broken leg. Not sure if something could be done for the calf, they took it to a rancher they knew to get an opinion. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the calf and it had to be put down. However. the lady at the ranch said, “I have your fix”. It turns out that they had a cow that had twins and with their size operation that was not really a favorable circumstance. They gave them one of the twins to take home to their momma who was now without a baby. The lady explained that there was one problem. The cow would not accept a calf that was not hers. In order to remedy this situation they would need to use a process called “grafting”. They skinned the dead calf and draped its hide on the new calf. This calf was then taken to the cow to feed. The momma leaned down to sniff the calf and smelling her calf accepted this new one.
This is such an awesome picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We see the first hint of it in the very beginning of the Bible. When Adam and Eve sinned they did not die that day as God told them they would. Rather, God, in His mercy killed an animal and used the skin of the animal to clothe them as a covering for their guilt. Down through the ages those who worshipped God offered sacrifices to cover their sin and make themselves acceptable to God. All of these pointed to the sacrifice of Christ as He died for us on the cross. The fact is, on our own merit we are not acceptable to God. The Bible says, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2). But the Bible also says, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Colossians 3:27). Just as that little calf, once unacceptable, is now accepted clothed in the hide of the offspring of the cow; now those clothed in God’s Son are accepted by God. Through the death of His Son we have been grafted to God.