Today's Devotion (Wednesday)



The Superior Atonement

LEVITICUS 9:1-14

Key Verse:

"And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded" (Leviticus 9:7).

The concept of atonement is as old as the fall of man, when God caused Adam and Eve to be clothed with coats of skin He had made. The aprons Adam and Eve made out of fig leaves could not do. It was inferior but God’s was superior. In the Mosaic ordinances, it was the exclusive responsibility of the high priest to perform atonement for the sins of the people. Aaron and his sons were charged with the responsibility of offering the different sacrifices for the sins of Israel. Moses, as directed by God, instructed them as to what offerings to be observed - sin offering, burnt offering, peace offering and meat offering - with their respective sacrifices. One important aspect of this ordinance was that the high priest had to first, make atonement for himself before making for the people. This was an acknowledgement of his personal imperfection. Indeed, the whole process was imperfect and only served as a pointer to the ultimate atonement which was performed by Christ Jesus, our perfect High Priest. Unlike Aaron, Christ was sinless and did not have to atone for Himself. Unlike the use of animal blood, Christ shed his own blood and died a vicarious death. The Mosaic atonement needed to be done every year (because it could not really cleanse sins); Christ’s atonement was once and for all and is of universal application. To benefit from Christ’s atonement, you must acknowledge your sins, confess them to God, repent of those sins and place your faith in Him to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. No matter how terrible your sins were, they will be forgiven if you repent in sincerity. Note that no other sacrifice qualifies for your cleansing and reconciliation with God. Take these steps, become a child of God and have access to the unsearchable riches of Christ here and beyond.

Thought for the day: Atonement through Christ’s death is sufficient for all that believe on Him.

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