Yom Kippur

Last night at sundown began one of the most observed days on the Jewish calendar.  Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.  It is a day heavy with importance.  For the past few weeks, Pastor Nick has been walking us through the Tabernacle as described in the Old Testament.  Once per year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would offer the sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people.

We have been discussing how the entire sacrificial process and Tabernacle points to the work that Christ would do on the cross for us.

Fast forward.

Christ is beaten and crucified, and as He breathed His last breath, He turned the world upside down.  Or I suppose, made it right side up.

37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. (Mark 15:37-38)

He made a way for us.  He is our ransom, our spotless lamb.  He is our high priest.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

He intercedes on our behalf.  We no longer have to wait an entire year to atone for our sins.  We can now approach the throne of God with confidence in the grace He will bestow in our weakest moments.  No longer limited to the outer courts, we can come close.

I urge you, today and every day, to reflect on the sacrifice made on your behalf.  To confess to God your sins, and He will be faithful to forgive and cleanse.  To thank Him for the ultimate sacrifice He made to make you holy as He is holy.  To praise Him for all that He is and all He has done.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Here is a link to a song that I love that may help you reflect. “Completely Free” by Big Daddy Weave

https://youtu.be/T4NKXSb6Shs

By His Grace,

Ashleigh

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