Yom Kippur: A Sacrifice of Atonement

The Biblical Day of Atonement, called Yom Kippur, begins tonight at sunset. In Old Testament days, believers were required to travel to the Temple in Jerusalem, where the High Priest would offer the blood of a sacrificed animal to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Since the Temple and the Levitical priesthood are no longer in Jerusalem, many hope that living a good life, obeying some of the other Levitical Laws, and praying will be enough to cover their sins. But the blood atonement for our sins has been eternally fulfilled in the sacrifice of Jesus.

“But now, a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.” Romans 3:21-25, NIV.

However you observe, or not observe, this Biblical holy day, may you be inscribed in God’s eternal Book of Life through faith in Jesus.

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