Even the most cursory of readings of the Bible demonstrates that no one has ever truly been faithful to God. Nearly everywhere you look in the Bible's pages, you see people willfully embracing sin, turning away from their Creator, and then crying out for mercy when they find themselves in times of great trouble. God knew that all of this would happen and in His mercy, built a solemn & precious day into the Jewish calendar called The Day of Atonement. On this day, the high priest would make sacrificial offerings for himself and all the people. Once these rituals were complete, all the sins of all the Jewish people would be ceremonially transferred to a goat, and the goat would be released into the wilderness.

But what about us? We continue to turn away from God, day in and day out, our pile of sin growing ever larger as the mountain becomes too enormous to ignore. What can we do? Is there some ritual or ceremony that can remove our sins from us? The simple answer is no. Yet God in Hid great mercy sent His Son Jesus to be our High Priest, Jesus the the completely righteous One, lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death, taking our sin upon himself and in exchange, offering his righteousness to any who would receive it. Because of Him, and Him only, we are forgiven, freed, cleansed & empowered to live the life we were created for. This new life becomes ours to enjoy both here and now and ultimately, for all eternity.

Are you bowed down under the weight of your sin today? Are you crumbling under the relentless pressures of pain, guilt, and continuing failure? If so, the blessed balm of God's amazing love & forgiveness is offered to you in the embrace of Jesus. Receive it and live. Live the life you were created for!

And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves...
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” ...The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” (Exodus 32:1,7,10,30 - ESV)

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.” (Leviticus 9:7)

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