Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21–26
A. The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) was a very important day in the Jewish year, for it was on this day that the people would be “clear from all their sins before the LORD” (Leviticus 16:30).
B. In more than one place in the New Testament, we find direct allusions to this special day and its rituals, and we are told that all of its shadows find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
I. God gave specific instructions regarding the Day of Atonement.
A. The high priest was to be very careful how he approached the LORD (Leviticus 16:2, 12, 23–24; cf. 10:1–2).
B. When he entered the holy of holies, it was necessary for him to take blood (Leviticus 16:6, 12–15).
C. This ritual had to be completed every year (Leviticus 16:34; cf. Hebrews 10:1–4).
II. In Jesus we find perfect atonement.
A. Our Lord made atonement through the shedding of His own blood (Hebrews 9:11–14, 23–24).
B. Whereas the high priest entered the most holy place every year, Jesus only need to go in once (Hebrews 9:12, 25–28).
C. Jesus opened a new and living way for us to come to God (Hebrews 9:8; 10:19–25).
A. Jewish worshipers waited anxiously for the return of the high priest from the sanctuary, and so do we (Hebrews 9:28).
B. Jesus’ sacrifice was the act of doing God’s will (Hebrews 10:5–10). Would you follow Him and lay your will down on the altar?