“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. As a kid, I would spend all of that day praying, fasting, and hoping that God would “cover up” my sins. But Judaism today is without a temple, without a Levitical priesthood, and without an animal sacrificial system. All of that ended in 70 A.D. So what then is a Jew to do for atonement?

When I came to faith in Jesus, I learned that there is now a better sacrifice. The old sacrifices could never take away the guilty stain of sin, or “cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death” (Hebrews 9:14).

When I came to faith in Jesus, I learned that there is now a better High Priest. Because He was sinless, Jesus didn’t have to offer sacrifices for Himself, but instead could offer Himself as the “once for all sacrifice” for my sins (Hebrews 10:10).

When I came to faith in Jesus, I learned that God remembers my sins no more, and there is no longer need for a sin offering (Hebrews 10:17-18).

The cost may be high, but the returns are eternal!




Scripture Focus

Hebrews 9:11-15

Insight

“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.” (D.L. Moody, 1837-1899)

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Kings 5-6
  • Proverbs 13
  • James 4-5