Today is the observance of Yom Kippur in the nation of Israel. Yom Kippur means the Day of Atonement. Atonement is when sins are wiped away or forgiven by God. The Jewish people began their High Holy Days last week on Rosh Hashanah. Repentance (the change in heart and deeds) is the central focus of these days. Their tradition believes that God makes serious decisions such as who will live the next year. It is with this understanding that many are fasting over sin and seeking God for forgiveness. The Creator deserves reverence and holds the breath of life in His hands.
The believer in Christ Jesus understands that Jesus is his or her atonement for sins. He shed His blood on the cross and died for the whole world. Believers are those who accept Jesus and have faith that He lives today. Jesus came to save many from sins and forgive them. Belief in Jesus signifies being right with God, the Father. The following Scriptures state as much:
“David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”(Romans 4:6-8)
Challenge: Believer, tell others that you are blessed! Why? Jesus covers sin and forgives!