The Day of Atonement will be celebrated this year on September 28. [Leviticus 16:34].
The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippurim, is of great significance to the modern Jew but should mean much more to the Christian. The events of the day form a very appropriate picture of the crucified Christ and what He accomplished for His people on the cross.
It was celebrated once a year, once in a full period of time, just as Jesus made “one sacrifice for sins forever” [Hebrews10:12], once in the lifetime of this world.
Only the high priest could enter the Holiest of All. Jesus, our High Priest, entered into the presence of God to make atonement for us. Aaron divested himself of his glorious garments for a plain linen robe. Jesus left the splendour and glory of heaven to wear the plain robe of humiliation and condescension. Its whiteness speaks of His purity.
Two goats were central to the sacrifice. One was killed, its shed blood picturing Christ’s death for the sins of His people. The other, the scapegoat, had the sins of Israel confessed on it and was freed to leave the camp for the wilderness. It is a beautiful picture of Christ the Lamb of God bearing away our sins.
When Aaron had presented and sprinkled the blood in the Holiest of All, he came forth. His blood-stained robe was exchanged for his garments of beauty and glory. The bells on the hem rang, indicating that he had entered the presence of God, made atonement, and come forth alive. What joy there was in Israel!
Jesus died on the cross, shed his precious blood, made atonement for His people, and came forth in glorious resurrection. What joy that should bring to believers! We serve, not a dead philosopher, but a living Redeemer. Let us rejoice this day in Him.