Did you know TODAY is the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur?
Beginning at sundown tonight, this time of repentance extends through sundown tomorrow. In fact, it’s already in progress: Israel’s sunset occurred at 6:36 pm their time, which equates to 11:36 am our time (EST).
Discovering more about Yahweh on such a momentous day thrills me even more.
These truths blow me away–the magnitude of God’s being surpasses my greatest thought. Yet despite God’s magnificence and incomprehensible glory, He reveals Himself to us. He’s a God of relationship.
Yahweh is God’s personal name.
Just as Yahweh revealed Himself to Moses at the burning bush, He reveals Himself to us. I AM–never changing, never ending, self-existing. This is our God, fully revealed in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ:
“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3
As Jewish people everywhere celebrate the Day of Atonement, Christians are blessed to understand this holiday’s fulfillment in Christ:
JESUS offered Himself as a sacrifice in our place, forever negating the need for animal sacrifice.
CHRIST’S DEATH secured our atonement, our reconciliation with God.
JESUS now functions as our High Priest, interceding for us before our Father in heaven.