Around this time of the year the Jewish people gather together and celebrate the High Holy Days. It starts with Rosh Hashana which is the Jewish New Year and then goes through Yom Kippur. During this time even Jews who don’t normally visit temple are supposed to at least visit the Temple at some point during this festive season. It is kind of like the Jewish version of Easter.
Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement was the day in the Jewish year when the children of God would come together in Jerusalem with sacrifices and the High Priest was to part the curtain and go into the Holy of Holies in the Temple and ask for forgiveness for the whole nation. This was the one time of the year when a man would come into the presence of God.
When you break down the word atonement, you get a very interesting idea of what this word means. At one ment or at one with God. During this time of year the Jewish people are to attempt once again to be at one with God. The Bible is full of stories where this just could never be achieved for any great length of time.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil or curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn in two. This was very symbolic in that man no longer needed a priest to atone for him in the hope of receiving salvation and favor from God. Jesus was now the High Priest and only His sinlessness and sacrifice on the cross were necessary to become one with God. He gifted us with the Holy Spirit to convict us to shun our evil and selfish ways and take up His yoke and follow Him. A path that would lead to a life of fulfillment and joy. In fact the only path to truly becoming one with God.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14
So as you go about your day tonight and tomorrow, spend some time with God and ask Him for forgiveness and to start you on the path to oneness with Him. You will certainly be glad that you did.
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