From Aaron to Jesus: The Once and For All Atonement

Published on Mar 6, 2023
Category: Behold! | Devotion

Read: Exodus 27-28

Exodus 28:41 – So you shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him. You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests.

Jesus our High Priest has atoned for our sins once and for all.

Aaron, Moses brother, and his sons were to serve God as priests (Exodus 28:1). God called Aaron to be the High Priest and his garments were extra special. The garments for the priests were very clearly designed for beauty and glory representing the heavenly service of priesthood. God gave special wisdom and gifting to the artisans who made the priestly garments.

The High Priest had the unique task of conducting the service on the Day of Atonement, once a year. Atonement refers to the needed reconciliation between sinful mankind and the holy God. To make atonement, the High Priest entered the Most Holy Place behind the veil, to stand before God and offer sacrifices for himself and the people. He then brought the blood into the holy of Holies and sprinkled it on the mercy seat, God’s ‘throne’ (Leviticus 16:14-15) to atone for himself and the people for all the sins committed in the past year.

However, Jesus the Perfect Lamb of God, our High Priest, made atonement for us once and for all, when He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:28, 10:10,12). He has secured for us an eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12) and is our Mediator before God (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus came and ended the Tabernacle and sacrifices.

The focus of the New Testament is on Jesus and His glory. He is worthy of all our worship and we are called to ‘offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship’ (Romans 12:1). In view of God’s mercy toward us, are we offering to Jesus our true worship? Would you ask God to change the areas of your life – habits and behavior, that hinder your worship from being true and proper?

Scripture Writing: Romans 12:1-2

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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