Date: December 1, 2014 12:57 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Scapegoat Or Messiah
Scapegoat Or Messiah
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29
Scripture Focus: Leviticus 16:5-10, 20-22
The ritual for Israel on the Day of Atonement involved the selection of two goats. One would be sacrificed, and the other, the live goat, would be banished to the wilderness after the High Priest laid the sins of the people on its head. This live goat was called "Azazel" which is the Hebrew word for "scapegoat." It was this scapegoat, although not guilty of any crime itself, which bore the penalty of the people and took away their sins.
What a wonderful "picture" for us! Jesus the Messiah fulfills the symbolism of both goats, and by doing so, He fulfills every aspect of the Day of Atonement for us and on our behalf. "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7). Jesus was innocent and sinless, yet "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). He's our scapegoat and Savior!
Insight: He paid a debt He did not owe, and paid the debt i could never pay.
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