Abel was a type, a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. Abel was great, but Jesus is greater.
Abel pleased God; his brother Cain did not. Jesus pleased God, His fellow leaders in Israel, as well as the Roman rulers, did not.
There was no good reason for Cain to dislike Abel except jealousy over Abel’s favor with God. There was no good reason for the rulers to strike down Jesus except for their jealousy over His favor with God and man.
Cain struck down Abel. The rulers struck down Jesus.
The blood of Abel cried out from the ground. The blood of Jesus cried out from the ground with a shout that obtained forgiveness for all mankind.
Abel was innocent. He led a quiet life, and pleased God. For this reason he was killed. Jesus was innocent. He led a quiet life of service to others, and pleased God. For this reason He was scourged, reviled, and killed. Thanks be to God for Abel who helps us to see Jesus!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.