Why We Need a Blood Sacrifice for Our Sin

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Shed Blood and the Scapegoat

Another Levitical law involves a scapegoat. Every Yom Kippur, the High Priest cast lots on two goats. One died as a sin offering. The priest then prayed and put his hand on the other goat — the scapegoat — to cast the people’s sins onto it. The priest used the living goat to make atonement before the Lord. He then released the goat into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:8–10).

Abraham’s Sacrifice

We see the first human example of substitutionary atonement in Genesis 22, when God instructs Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Mount Moriah. Abraham built an altar there and prepared to kill his son by binding him and placing him on the altar. Verse twelve tells us God stopped Abraham before it was too late.

Jesus’ Blood Cleanses Our Sin

The Israelites held ritual sacrifices for hundreds of years to atone for their sins. Other world religions also do this, but it will never be enough. Animal sacrifice could only partially and temporarily cover sin, which is why the High Priest had to repeat it regularly. But Jesus’s shed blood cleanses it and removes it forever.

God’s Eternal Plan

God’s plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus, was His plan from the beginning. He first announced it to Adam.

Forgiven and Forgotten

Because of Jesus’ perfect atonement and our faith in Him, our sins are not only forgiven; He completely forgets them. God gives us several promises of it.

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