This week, all around the world, the Jewish faith celebrates their most important day of faith known as Yom Kippur. Also known as Day of Atonement, it is also the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days sometimes "the Days of Awe".
Historically, the Jews set aside this one day of the year to publicly acknowledge their sins and seek forgiveness via the sacrifice of blood from some animal they brought to the temple. The Chief Priest would then, ceremonially speaking, transfer the sins of the people onto a goat. This goat became known as the “scape goat” for it carried all the sins of the people. The goat was then taken to the wilderness of Israel and killed, symbolically taking away the sins of the people.
After countless years of seeking forgiveness in this way – Jesus the messiah came into the world some 2000 years ago. We know that Jesus is the true “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. His blood sacrifice at Calvary was for all mankind. All who believe and trust in him shall have their sins forgiven and have everlasting life. Some will not believe. Some are yet to believe. Some believe. Which are you?
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