Monday, April 8, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Other Goat

Leviticus 16:5-22
He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.(1 John 2:2)
The Scapegoat, a novel by Daphne du Maurier, is about two men who are amazed at the striking similarity in their appearance. They spend an evening together, but one runs off, stealing the other’s identity and leaving him to step into a life filled with problems. The second man becomes a scapegoat.
The origin of that word comes from a ceremony performed with two goats on the Hebrew Day of Atonement (known today as Yom Kippur). The high priest would sacrifice one goat and symbolically place the sins of the people on the head of the other—the scapegoat—before it was sent into the wilderness carrying away the blame of the sin (Lev. 16:7-10).
But when Jesus came, He became our scapegoat. He offered Himself up “once for all” as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of “the whole world” (1 John 2:2; Heb. 7:27). That first goat had been sacrificed as a sin offering for God’s people and symbolized Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The other goat was a representation of the completely innocent Jesus accepting and removing our sin and guilt.
None of us is without sin—but the Father laid on Jesus “the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). God sees followers of His Son as blameless—because Jesus took all the blame we deserve.
PRAYER
Lord help me to remember and value the great price you paid for me on the cross.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus our Savior left heaven above, coming to earth as a servant with love; laying aside all His glory, He came, giving His life, taking all of our blame.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church