Romans 3:25-26 says, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” God gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins.
In the Old Testament, the people would bring animals to the altar to sacrifice for their sins. There were different types of offerings for different types of sins. These verses say that God passed over the people’s sins due to these offerings. When God sent His Son to the earth, His plan was to sacrifice Him as an offering. He would be the ultimate sacrifice. The word propitiation means, “the act of gaining or regaining the favor or goodwill of someone or something : the act of propitiating,” according to Merriam Webster.
Even though it was extremely hard to sacrifice His Son, it pleased Him to give an offering for His people. He loved us so much that He gave His Son up for us that we might live!