“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.” – D.L. Moody
“I believe that as often as I transgress, God is more ready to forgive me than I am ready to offend.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
I want to know I am forgiven. There are so many religions today and so many philosophies out there; it can be a blur. The common man is presented many ways he may think or suppose he can have an entrance into heaven. Popular teaching insist that we can hope forgiveness will be granted by God if only we keep our nose clean and try our best. Thousands die daily with absolutely no assurance or confidence that they have been forgiven. The pass off into eternity not knowing if their sins have been paid for or if they are yet in them. They hope they will make it by the skin of their teeth. The sad reality is, they won’t make it based on their merit or good works. Forgiveness is ONLY found in Jesus Christ.
We come to the pinnacle chapter of all of Leviticus, chapter 16. It is in this chapter that the great Day of Atonement is recorded, and the most beautiful picture of the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, is shown. There is evident need for forgiveness of sin, redemption, justification, imputed righteousness, propitiation, atonement, but how is that to take place?
Aaron, the High Priest, was instructed to take two goats. After he had offered a bullock for himself, and been cleansed himself, Aaron was to lay aside his High Priestly, beautiful garments. Aaron would come in a plain linen robe, humble before Jehovah. Lots were cast to see which of the two goats would be the scapegoat and which would be sacrificed. The goat was taken and its throat slit. The blood was placed on the mercy seat in the Most Holy Place. Finally, Aaron would place his hands on the head of the scapegoat and would confess the iniquities of Israel. A muscular man was chosen to take the scapegoat far into the wilderness and their get rid of it. What a picture of God removing our sin to be remembered no more!
All this was don’t to achieve something, atonement. Atonement simple means being at one with God. A good way to remember the word atonement is At-One-Ment The only way God’s people could have fellowship with God, have their sins covered, and be at peace with God was by the spilling of blood. Hebrews 9:22 – “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Even the following chapter, Leviticus 17 deals with the reality that the life of the flesh is in the blood. With no blood is no life, and this is true for us as well… no blood = no life.
That goat had to be slain so atonement could be gained for Israel. The blood of an innocent lamb had to be slain so their sins could be removed far from the camp, never to be seen again. This had to be done every year though; every year required another bloody sacrifice. These were all pictures of the perfect sacrifice that would die once for all.
Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God. John declared in John 1:29 – “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” The blood Jesus shed on Calvary opened the way once and for all for forgiveness to be available to all mankind.
If you are saved today, rejoice that the perfect innocent sacrifice was will to come, die, and rise again for you. Never get over the great beauty and wonder of His love for you. When you were unlovable, He loved you and died for you!
If you do not know the forgiveness of sins that only Jesus Christ can give, I want to invite you to accept Him today. You can KNOW that you are forgiven; you can face death with the assurance that you are acceptable to God! The Bible says this is a faith transaction, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. It is not by your words, no, it is by accepting His free gift.
Daily Scripture Reading
Leviticus 16 - 18
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.”