What is a burnt offering?


 “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.” Leviticus 6:9
            The burnt offering was the most common of all the offerings.  The animal was killed and put completely in the fire, totally consumed to ashes.  The smell of the burnt offerings pleased the Lord, who loved to smell the sacrifices of the people.
            Leviticus 1 told the people to bring their best animal for sacrifice, a male without defect.  Most burnt offerings were personal offerings to God for thanks and atonement for their sins.  The person laid their hands on the animal and confessed their sins, then the animal was killed.
            This directly parallels what Jesus did for us, a man without sin, dying for the sins of others, completely consumed by death as a offering pleasing to God.