Day of Atonement

If you went to the temple in ancient Israel, what would you hear? One would hear the sound of animals shrieking out in terror as they’re destroyed for atonement-gaining sacrifices. If you went to the cross in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, what would you hear? One would hear the Sacrifice crying out “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do,” “My God, my God- why have you forsaken me?,” and “It is finished!”

If you went into the tabernacle in ancient Israel, what would you see? One would see bloody gold. Gold represents God and it’s bloody. The most precious thing in Israel is humiliated by being covered in dirt, blood, and filth. If you went to the cross in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, what would you see? One would see the precious Jewel of heaven dirty, bloody, and hanging naked upon the cross. The most precious person in the Universe is humiliated by being covered in dirt, blood, and filth.

If you went to the camp of Israel, what would you feel? One would feel the mammoth weight of guilt as things are destroyed for you, your people, and your family’s sins. Sin was costly and you lost livestock to stay in communion with God. If you went to the cross in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, what would you feel? One would feel the immense guilt of your sin as you realize that the cost of your sin is being paid by the spotless Lamb. Sin remained costly and Christ decided it was worth it.

If you went to the camp of Israel, where would you go after the Day of Atonement? One would go joyfully back home because reconciliation has been made. They were a rag-tag group of priests, prophets, and kings that called the world to the knowledge of the true God. If you went to the cross in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, where would you go after the Day of your atonement? One would go joyfully to the nations spreading the fame and accomplishment of the Lion-like, slaughtered Lamb until the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

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