Atonement for our sin. Atonement can also mean ‘at one moment’. At one moment in our life, when we pray a sinner’s prayer, when we cry out to God, He hears our prayer and ‘in one moment’, you are forgiven! You are washed, you are made clean! You are declared innocent!
God desired to teach His people what to do to be cleansed. So He chose a priest. But the priest had to first be clean himself. He had to be forgiven himself. Before he can represent God to the people or represent the people to God, he had to prepare himself. And so we see in Leviticus 16, the priest had to come before God for himself and for his family, fast and pray and shed the blood of innocent animals as a sacrifice, asking for forgiveness; because Life is in the blood! He had to do it every year because man is a sinner. We were sinners, we are sinners and we will be until Jesus comes again and then sin shall be no more!
Then after the priest had prepared himself, the next thing he had to do is choose two goats. Leviticus 16:7-10, ‘Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord, the other lot for the scapegoat. The goat on which the lot fell for the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement on it and shall be sent into the wilderness as the scapegoat.’ This is God speaking through symbols.
He takes the first goat and he kills it. He takes all the blood and sprinkles it on the altar, before God, as an offering for the sin of the people. This innocent ram dies because of the guilt of people who are crying to God to forgive them. Beloved, I want you to know that Jesus became that Lamb because when He was introduced to the world, John the Baptist pointed to Him and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” God had to ‘once for all’ do something so that there would be an end to the killing of bulls, goats, sheep, chickens and other animals. Men all over the world seem to still be shedding blood to appease gods in the hope of forgiveness. The blood of bulls and goats and sheep cannot take away our sin! So God had to do something. So as the goat that was killed, Jesus was that goat that died for us!
After that, Aaron takes the second goat and he lays his hands on the head of the goat and he confesses all the sins of the people; all the uncleanness, all the failures, all the immoralities. And after he had done all that, the goat is left loose in the wilderness, never to be seen again. It is called the scapegoat! It’s like you do something wrong but someone else takes the blame. Jesus became that scapegoat for us! And He also took our sin and threw them in the sea of forgetfulness and said He’ll remember them no more! Now listen beloved, as God forgives you, Forgive Yourself! God will not bring it up again so You Don’t Bring It Up Again! ‘For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant’ (Hebrews 9:15). You had some agreement with your religion before. You had some agreement with something else before but Jesus has come to cancel it all and give you a new covenant of Freedom. A new covenant of Liberty, Forgiveness. Christ is our scapegoat! God makes a new agreement with you, with His own blood. HalleluYah!
So, I challenge you beloved. God loves you. God has paid the price for your sin. He became the two goats; one scapegoat taking the sin far away and the other one dying for you. God paid the price with His own blood for you! All you have to do is pray a simple prayer and the miracle will begin within you and you will change because God will help you change!
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: LEVITICUS 23:26-32