I am beginning to read the book of Leviticus and the first four chapters are talking about the proper procedure for bringing burnt offerings to God. Chapter 4 focus’ on the “Sin” offering and what the Israelites were supposed to do to be forgiven of their sins. When they sinned they were to bring either a bull, goat or lamb for this burnt offering and the priest would make atonement for the sin committed and they would be forgiven. The priest would take the offering and burn it on the altar because others were not allowed to approach the altar, only the priest and he would be the one to offer the sacrifice to God and be able to give atonement to the person bringing the sacrifice.

I am so thankful that Jesus came to this world and became our sacrificial lamb to atone for our sins. There are many reasons that I am thankful for this, but the most important to me is that he made this new covenant with us and in the process, eliminated the “middle” man. We don’t need to go to a priest and trust that they are able to give us forgiveness or atonement for our sins. We can boldly approach the altar and plead directly to God the Father for forgiveness. Jesus, through His death and resurrection, bridged the gap between us and God and now affords us this luxury.

So, as you think about what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, thank God that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and allow us to come directly to Him for our forgiveness. I know I will!

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