Howâ€™s your week going? How are you doing?
Today is Yom Kippur in the Jewish calendar. This is the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16. In the Old Testament, on this day, two goats are sacrificed for the nation. One is slaughtered and used as a sin offering to make atonement for their sins. The other is presented alive and sent away into the wilderness to make atonement and to show that the sin is removed from the people. This is where the term â€œscapegoatâ€ comes from.
This past Sunday, we saw how Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. His death on the cross is one of the ways He has fulfilled it, particularly the Day of Atonement. We donâ€™t need to sacrifice goats anymore, because Christ was sacrificed once and for all (Hebrews 10:1-10). He was the One slaughtered for the payment of our disobedience. He was the â€œScapegoat” who has taken on all our sins and removed them from us.
He is the true Salt and Light of the World. He dissolved Himself so that we may be preserved. He went through the darkness of the judgment for sin so that we may be brought into the Kingdom of Light. He has done it all. He has paid it all.
The question is: Are you receiving Him in surrender? He calls us to come with all our brokenness, sin, and shame. He calls us to repent and be poor in spirit. When that happens, we receive Him. This is not just for conversion, but this is for everyday grace. Are you resting in Him today? Are you trusting in His work and sovereignty today?
When you do, you are able to be salt and light of the earth. Simply put, you are able to show Christ to the world. Church, may we be a people who display such a glorious light to a darkened and dying world.
We are in my favorite chapter of the whole bible for our Friday Night Studies. Come out this Friday @7:30pm! If not, see you on Sunday for the Lordâ€™s Day worship. Pray for yourselves. Pray for one another. Pray for this world.
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