Jesus came to teach humans that true sacrifice is not about offering God something outside of ourselves such as fruit, flour, or livestock, and so on. For even if the offering of produce from the land or of animals shows a willingness to give something up, the sacrifice is still not as essential as giving up certain weaknesses, appetites or lusts.

Jesus thus came to teach us not to sacrifice exterior animals anymore, but rather our inner animals. Yes, because our lower nature is the lair of all animals, both wild and domestic, and it is this nature that must be given as a burnt-offering so that it may release the forces accumulated within and put them in the service of the spirit.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov