Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 12:1-2
The smell that must have hung over Jerusalem must have been amazing. It’s estimated that at Passover at the time of Jesus, at least 256 000 lambs were sacrificed. But every day, pilgrims, sinners like you and me, brought other animal sacrifices as well … bulls, sheep, birds … to be sacrificed on the Temple altar. Over and above personal offerings, the priests made general offerings every day as well. And depending on what the offering was for, various spices and oils were added as well. Can you imagine the smell? … mouth-watering ... unless you’re a vegetarian. Depending on what the wind was doing, you would certainly see the smoke from far off, but the closer you got, the more would have smelt and tasted sacrifice to the one true God.