Yom Kippur

Written by Leon Clymer on . Posted in Yom Kippur

YOM KIPPUR is the most awesome day of the Jewish year.

On this day of solemn reflection and repentance, the High Priest sacrificed a bull and a goat as a sin offering. Another goat, the "Scapegoat", was led into the wilderness to symbolize the transferal of Israel's sin. These sacrifices were performed annually for the atonement of sins. "But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year." (Hebrews 10:3)

In the Messiah Yeshua, a final sacrifice was made for our sins. "For by one offering, He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified". (Hebrews 10:4). We rejoice that Messiah gave up his life for us - no one took it from him, yet it was the sins of each one of us that brought it about. Israel's final Yom Kippur will come about when "...they look upon Me, whom they pierced." (Zachariah 12:10), and accept the Messiah's sacrificial death as their final atonement for sins.

"...for it is the blood which atones for the soul" (Leviticus 17:11).