Atonement

At-one-ment. Bringing two separated things together.

A broken relationship needs something to repair it. Our sin has separated us from God and we both want that relationship restored. It will take something extra. It will take sacrifice.

Sacrifice. In the Old Testament Jewish priests would make animal sacrifices for sin. Only the life blood of an animal, and it had to be an animal without blemish, could wash away the stain of sin from a human heart.

Jesus has become both the sacrifice and the priest. He offered himself to pay for our sin. He is the only human who ever lived an unblemished life.

“23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely[c] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.”

Jesus has lived a human life and lived it without error, without sinning, and then laid it down to pay for our sin.

Will you receive his gift today? He has taken my place, he has taken our place, so that we can return to our relationship with God.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?

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