“In the Old Testament, God made provision for the people to make amends and be restored to a right relationship with him. They could do this by making sin offerings or guilt offerings. If you had violated God's will, you brought a special offering to the Lord to say, ‘I'm sorry for what I did, oh God. Please accept this offering as an expression of my remorse and my repentance. Forgive me and make me clean again.' With such an offering, people could feel relieved of guilt and restored to a right relationship with God; so this was a regular part of worship.”
“In the Father's presence, Christ's self-giving sacrifice is never forgotten. His wounds are a perpetual reminder of the price he was willing to pay to restore humanity to a right relationship with God. He magnanimous act–his suffering and death on behalf of humanity–served as an atoning sacrifice for all people; and the Father, by virtue of the Son's love and self-giving, bestows grace and mercy upon all who claim the Son as their high priest and Savior. God the Father offers forgiveness and grace to us not because of our own merit, but because his dearly loved Son suffered and died on behalf of the human race…In Jesus' sacrificial offering to the Father, he gave himself to win our forgiveness and God's mercy. His nail-scarred hands are a perpetual reminder to the Father of Christ's sacrifice for us. His offering has won God's favor…Because the curtain (of the temple) was torn asunder when Christ died, the Gospel writers are pointing to the idea that in his death Jesus atoned for our sins as our high priest. He tore down the curtain that separated humanity from God. He offered us, by his death, reconciliation and atonement with God.” Praise be to God!
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