And this shall be a Statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a Statute for ever. (Lev. 16:29-31)
A perpetual statute to be observed in strict obedience to the Law of God. The highest holy day of all of Israel’s feast days, pointing to the one who would make atonement for the sins of the world in His own body on the tree. Sacrifices and offerings for sin, for purification, for trespasses, offered that all may be cleansed and holy before God. A high holy day no matter what day of the week it fell on, for it was to be observed annually as commanded, and a day of reflection, repentance, and reconciliation with God.
The single most important day of the year for the Israelites is important for all people, as Christ is our great High Priest, the scapegoat who took our place and our sin, and who made atonement with the Father with His own blood. He is the mercy seat, the propitiation for the sins of the world, and offers forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father for all who come to Him in repentance and faith in Him and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary. That which the Law pointed to and pictured in type is fulfilled in Christ who is the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. He is the final sacrifice, He is the perfect offering, and He ever liveth to make intercession for His saints at the right hand of God.
God has sent those of us that know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our GOD has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of GOD so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of GOD might have life in His Name.
GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.