“According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22
Today is Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is the most solemn and important holy day of the Jewish calendar. I sincerely hope that you will click on the link provided and read the brief history of this holy day from a Christian viewpoint.
Rabbis teach that God’s love is so great that He hears us every day of the year, but on Yom Kippur, He is closer to earth. The Lord is our God every day of the week, but on the Sabbath, everything multiplies. On Yom Kippur, everything multiplies again.
Since I observe the Sabbath from my heart every week all year long, naturally this particular Sabbath makes me more determined than ever to seek the face of God. This week I set out to understand the atonement in Christianity.
It took me far longer to reach an understanding than I anticipated, however I am delighted in what I finally discovered. I believe this to be a special gift from God for this "High Holy Day." And with that, new direction for the next phase of our research on freedom in Christ. I have a hunch it may just be the most important research yet.
For now, I leave you with this beautiful illustration by Andrew Murray from his classic book The Holiest of All. It is titled Even the First Covenant, Not Without Blood:
Not without blood! This is the wondrous note that rings through all Scripture, from Abel's sacrifice at the gate of paradise to the song of the ransomed in Revelations. God is willing to receive fallen man back again to His fellowship, to admit him to His heart and His love, to make a covenant with him, to give full assurance of all this; but—not without blood.
Even His own Son, the Almighty and All-perfect One, the gift of His eternal love, even He could only redeem us, and enter the Father's presence, in submission to the word, not without blood.
But, blessed be God, the blood of the Son of God, in which there was the life of the Eternal Spirit, has been given, and has now wrought an eternal redemption! He did, indeed, bear our sins, and take them away. He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
The life He poured out in His blood-shedding was a life that had conquered sin, and rendered a perfect obedience. The blood-shedding as the completion of that life, in its surrender to God and man, has made a complete atonement, a covering up, a putting away of sin.
And so the blood of the new covenant, in which God remembers our sins no more, cleanses our heart to receive His law so into it, that the spirit of His law is the spirit of our life, and takes us into full and direct fellowship with Himself.
It was in this blood of the eternal covenant that God brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus: the blood had so atoned for sin and made an end of it that, in its power, Christ was raised again. lt became the power of a new life to Him and to us. With it He opened the way into the Holiest for us; the way into our hearts for Himself.