“The Lord said to Moses, ‘The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present
an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do no work on that day…”
Leviticus 23:27-28, NIV
In the year 2003, the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), occurs. On the Day of Atonement where the temple stood in Jerusalem, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies one time. He would sacrifice a goat and bring that blood and sprinkle it on the altar. This signifies bringing the sins of the people before God Almighty. The Day of Atonement has been described as the “Good Friday of the Old Testament.” Yom Kippur is seen as the most important festival of the Jewish calendar because this rite makes the relationship new again between God and His people.
The writer of Hebrews shares of Christ in Hebrews 9:12., “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” What the writer of Hebrews shares with us is that we no longer have to sacrifice animals for our relationship to be right. Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice and bought the eternal redemption of our souls. Remember, at the time of Jesus’ death, the veil of the temple, hiding from view the Holy of Holies, was torn in two. When that happened, there was no longer the need for the sacrifice of animals because Jesus made the relationship between God and man right through His sacrifice.
QUESTION: What sacrifices have been made for you? How have you sacrificed for others? Pray today that all people would see the sacrifice of Jesus as fulfillment of that relationship with God. Thank God for His sacrifice for you.