Partakers Bible Thought
25 October 2021
Jesus Christ, You and I
29 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: on the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work – whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you – 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.
34 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.’ And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses. (Leviticus 16:29-34)
1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshippers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, “Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll –
I have come to do your will, my God.”’
8 First he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’– though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:1-10)
G’day! Today we continue to look together at Leviticus and Jesus Christ. Come on in and let us look together at Leviticus 16, as we conclude our look upon the Centrepiece of Joy. Together, we started with all that occurred on that great annual event known as the Day of Atonement. Then we looked at how that applied to us today because of the cross of Jesus Christ, who was our atoning sacrifice. We can choose to have a relationship with Almighty God, because of Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, which we celebrate at Easter and remember when we take Holy Communion. Atonement meaning, that we ‘are at one’ with God. All because of God and from His wellsprings of love, grace and mercy. Nothing we can do can earn it, but simply because of His act of love toward us. WOW!
Jesus Christ – unique, majestic, tender, wise, strong, and lovely. This Jesus who is always there to help me, wipe my tears, give me joy, relieve my frustrations, give clarity over confusion and give me peace. Is this also your Jesus? That is my Jesus, whom I seek to serve and obey in every facet of life of every day. I rarely achieve it for more than moments, but I know that when I fail, I can ask for forgiveness and He will grant it from His wellsprings of love, grace and mercy.
It is this Jesus whom I depend upon and personally know to be totally reliable in every way. When people let me down, turn away from me, discourage me, think wrongly off me, incorrectly assume my motives, this Jesus always picks me up, never turns me away, always encourages and embraces me. He comforts me. He challenges me., At the end of each day, I know that all through each day, that Jesus has been dependable, going ahead of me. Amazing that somebody could love me like that. Do you know Him?
If we would call ourselves a Christian, a follower and disciple of the Jesus Christ, we know that we are being transformed into the image of Jesus and will continue to be until Jesus returns once more for us and for His body, the Church. Sometimes this transformation takes comfort and at other times we need to be challenged. Remember, our God challenges us in our comfort and comforts us in our challenges. Or is that just my experience? Do you know Him?
Lastly, if you are not yet a Christian, and you want to turn to God right now, there is no need for delay. He is ready and willing to take you as His own – right now. You only have to ask Him to forgive you and He will! God is calling you by name to be His child and His follower. He is calling you by name to come into relationship with Himself. As we have hopefully seen, being a Christian is a partnership between God and yourself. When you place your faith in Jesus, becoming utterly dependent upon Him, you turn to God.
Together in this podcast we explore questions such as: Who is this Jesus to me? What difference has he made in my life? What differences can Jesus make in your life? How can a person start to follow this Jesus, and have available to them all the riches of His love, grace and mercy? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about Jesus Christ and following Him as we conclude Leviticus 16.