DCLM Daily Manna, Monday February 16, 2015 by Pastor Kumuyi – A Better Atonement

Topic: A Better Atonement [Monday, February 16, 2015]

Text: Leviticus 9:1-14

Key Verse: “And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded” (Leviticus 9:7).

In the Mosaic ordinances, it was the exclusive responsibility of the high priest to make atonement for the sins of the people. Aaron and his sons occupied the offices of the priesthood and therefore were charged with the responsibility of offering the different sacrifices for the sins of Israel. Having just been through a seven-day consecration, they were to start their ministration on the 8th day. Moses, as directed by God, instructed them as to what offerings to be observed – sin offering, burnt offering, peace offering and meat offering – with their respective sacrifices.

One important aspect of this ordinance was that the high priest had to first make atonement for himself before making for the people. This was an acknowledgment of his personal imperfection. Indeed, the whole process was imperfect and only served as a pointer to the ultimate atonement.

The ultimate atonement was accomplished by Jesus, the perfect High Priest. Unlike Aaron, Christ was sinless and did not have to atone for Himself. Previously, the blood of animal was used for atonement. But Christ shed His blood when He died a vicarious death at Calvary. The Mosaic atonement needed to be done every year though it could not really cleanse sins; Christ’s atonement was once and for all and has universal application for removal of all sins.

The implication of this is that, if you appropriate the atonement effected by Christ through repentance from sin and faith in Christ Jesus, your sins will be cleansed. No matter how terrible your sins are, no other sacrifice is necessary for your cleansing and reconciliation with God. Being thus reconciled with God, you will become a child of God and have access to the unsearchable riches of Christ in this world and beyond.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 19-21

Thought for The Day: Christ’s death and blood is sufficient for your salvation.

Written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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