What Jesus accomplished on the cross He did once for all and is now at the right hand of God. A As God’s children gather for worship today we do not have to offer sacrifices for our sins, but instead continually offer the sacrifice of self, praise, good work, sharing, prayer, obeying leaders and giving to God in preparation for worship. B God’s people gather in worship and draw upon the limitless reserve of God’s grace toward His people. This is why we can approach God’s throne of grace with great confidence and full assurance, knowing we will find grace and mercy C
Many people and religions try to bridge between the gap between a holy God and sinful people gap with their efforts. Good works cannot bridge this gap. Going to church, reading the Bible, and being a generally good person cannot bridge this gap. Our sin is too deep, and the offense against God is too great. The seriousness of the condition of our sinful hearts is so deadly that God had to bridge the gap between Himself and sinful humanity through Jesus. Man-made religion is attractive because it appeals to peoples pride and self-sufficiency; it is deadly because it keeps people in sin and separated from God.
The Day of Atonement goes to the heart of our sin problem and to the heart of the gospel that eternally rescues from sin. The term “atonement” D, used only in the Old Testament, describes what Jesus accomplished on the cross for all believers from Adam until the new heavens and earth: Jesus died for all sins and was buried, He was raised from the dead on the third day, and all of this happened according to God’s Word. Without the gospel E there is no forgiveness of sin, no place for us to stand before God, no freedom from sin or death, and no eternal life. But thank God, who gives us victory over sin in Jesus and more.
Summary/Application Leviticus 16:
- Jesus became our scapegoat, bearing the guilt of our sins in His sacrifice on the cross and removing them away from the presence of God forever.
- The more we prepare ourselves daily with worship, the more we will receive from worship at church.
- Scripture memory: Leviticus 16:9-10.. 9 Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the Lord fell, and make it a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.
Notes: A- Hebrews 10:11-14; B- Romans 12:1-2 ; Hebrews 13:15-18a; Revelation 8:3-4 & also Revelation 5:8; Philippians 4:18; C- Hebrews 10:19-23 D- Romans 3:25; For “Atonement for sin, Part 1” click here; E- 1 Corinthians 15:1,3-4
Henry Luke 11/26/2017
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