Jesus Paid the Price We Could not Pay Part  3

The Price of our redemption was high. We never could have redeemed ourselves with corruptible things such as silver and gold. Only through the shed Blood and Broken body of Jesus Christ could eternal life be obtained for us.

Yes, the price was high, but Jesus paid it all! Jesus was born into this world with a mission: He Was Born To Die. 

ISAIAH 53: 4 – 5

4 Surely he had borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God. and afflicted. 

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; and THE LORD HATH LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL. 

Isaiah’s prophecy tells us that our sins were laid upon or transferred upon Jesus.  That glorious transferal was reflected in the symbolic exchange that took place on the Day of Atonement.  In the Book of Leviticus, God gave Aaron, God’s anointed priest, specific instructions regarding the ceremonial atonement for the sins of Israel on that day. 

Aaron was instructed to select two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting.  Then he had to cast lots for the two goats – one for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat.  The goat whose lot fell to the Lord was sacrifice as a sin offering.  The other goat, the scapegoat was kept alive to make atonement for the people by symbolically taking away their sins Lev. 16: 7 – 10).

The goats that were selected had to be free from any kind of blemish or defect.  The priest could never offer to the Lord a sacrifice that was imperfect.  The goat for the sin offering was slain, and its blood was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat and on the Altar.  The body of the goat was then burned outside the camp. 

Next, the priest laid his hands on the scapegoat and confessed over it the sins of the Israelites, laying the people’s guilt on the scapegoat.  Then the scapegoat was led away and turned loosed in the desert, removing the sins of Israel from their camp. 

Israel had to go through that ritual every year to atone for their sins.  But, thank God, at the proper time their came a spotless Lamb!  This Lamb was perfect because He did not come from the loins of man.  But, through the Holy Ghost, Mary conceived and the perfect sacrificial Lamb came to earth, see Luke 1: 26 – 35. 

Over the years, the blood of many bulls, lambs, and goats was shed to cover sin.  But finally, once and for all, the blood of the Lamb of God was shed for the remission of sin (Matt. 26: 28)!  Jesus Christ became our sin offering and our scapegoat!  Today we can enjoy God’s presence and His peace because Jesus took our iniquity away from us (John 1: 29).  Jesus chose to become the supreme sacrifice by dying on the Cross so that we could have life and have it more abundantly. 

I will continue this message next week, so until then God Bless You.

 

Your Pastor

 

 

 

Word for Today:  "Word Has Power" 

Ronald Regan was famous for always having a certain sign on his desk, both as governor and as President.  It read, “There is no limit as to what we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.”  One of the most neglected keys to growing up spiritually is our willingness to share the glory, or give honor where honor is due.  In the Book of Proverbs it says, “Let another praise you and not your own mouth.”  If you really want to see the blessing unfold before your very eyes, Share the credit, share the glory, and do it publicly.