Archive for September 2009

Yom Kippur

September 28, 2009

It is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, sound the shofar!!
This is the day in the Hebrew calendar when the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies, to offer the blood of the sacrifice for the people of Israel. Since Jesus died on the cross we no longer have to rely on the blood of cattle, goats, or rams to enjoy reconciliation with God. But this would be a good time to review what God has done in your life, your Yom Kippur has forever been accomplished.
So what lies ahead for you?
You say you don’t know?
I don’t know what He has for you, but I do know that He is willing to tell you what He wants you to do if you are willing to humble yourself and listen. Jesus didn’t embark on His own Yom Kippur lightly.  He did what He did so that you and I would have free access to Him. The veil separating us from God was torn from top to bottom. He opened it up Himself.
Like the ancient Hebrew high priest, Jesus went through the veil into a place where none of the rest of us could go and came out again to pronounce the blessing, the announcement of the complete reconciliation of God and man. He rose from death, to give you and me life.
To have this life is to have His Spirit.
This is what had been acted out in symbolic form since the time of Moses. Now it is available for all of us, when God promised Abraham that He would bless the whole world through his seed, God wasn’t kidding. That means every man, woman, and child on earth can seek Him and know Him personally. We can ask anything of Him in His name and He will respond to us individually. We can know Him. We can hear Him. We can walk with Him.
Yom Kippur as we now understand it, is our opportunity to throw open the door of our hearts to Him, to be united with Him.
We can finally experience shalom.

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