YOM KIPPUR is the culmination of the “Ten Days of Repentance”, the High Holy Days that began with ROSH HASHHANAH, which represents the “Time of Judgment” – in other words, our fate being sealed in the “Book of Life” today. In Hebrew tradition, this highest of holy days stands apart from all other days as the last day to repent and make amends.
“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 … 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. It is a Sabbath of rest [Shabbat Shabbaton], and you must deny yourselves.” (Leviticus 16:29–31)
However in these times, since The Holy Temple in Jerusalem no longer stands and the purification offering outlined in Leviticus 16 can no longer be offered. But, as believers in Yeshua (Jesus), the Lord Jesus Christ our Messiah, WE can come confidently before God – knowing that His atoning sacrifice has cleansed us from our sins.
Unlike the other high priests of the past, Jesus does not need to offer sacrifices day after day (first for their own sins, and then for the sins of the people). Christ was “pure as unleavened bread”, being sacrificed for ALL of our sins once and for all time, when He offered Himself to die on the cross. (1 Corinthians 1:18; Ephesians 2:4-13; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:11-15; Hebrews 12:2)
“…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)
You can rejoice before God this YOM KIPPUR because through Jesus the Messiah, Your Name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life! At the end of today, the traditional Hebrew greeting therefore may be changed to “G’mar Chatimah Tovah“ (“May You be Sealed for a Good Year”)!
May all of you be sealed with The Lord’s blessings for a good year in the coming calendar months!
Category: Biblical Feasts