Day 24 - ATONEMENT
The Murder of Jesus is a Proclamation of Grace
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the VEIL OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. Matt 27:50
The tearing of the VEIL as Christ died in this account is hugely significant! Historically, on the most holy day in the Jewish calendar – “Yom Kippur” – the Day of Atonement, the high priest, by God’s permission, entered behind the VEIL, into the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant was, to sprinkle the blood sacrifice upon the “Mercy Seat”. He did this to ATONE for his own sins, as well as the sins of the people – and he was only allowed to go in behind the veil once a year. Sacrifice of animals in OT theology was not merely an expression of thanks to the deity - it was the symbolic expression of innocent life given for guilty life, all of which points to Christ’s innocent life given for our guilty lives! Hebrews 10:19 tells us that,“we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into "the Holy Place." Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The "curtain" into God's presence is his body.” Every time that we commemorate Christ thru the emblems of bread and wine, representing His body and His blood, we celebrate open access to God’s Presence! That’s atonement – being made one with God.
Hebrews 12:24 “You've come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel's—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.”
The eternal blood of Christ speaks GRACE from the Mercy Seat - FOREVER!
Father, I “therefore draw near with confidence to the THRONE OF GRACE, so that I may receive MERCY and find GRACE to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16