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Three Pictures in the Atonement (3 of 5)
Series: New Beginnings
I. THE PICTURE OF A GREAT PRIEST (CHRIST OUR MEDIATOR)
II. THE PICTURE OF A GREAT PARDON (CHRIST OUR PARDON)
III. THE PICTURE OF A GREAT POSSIBLITY (CHRIST OUR SAVIOR)
Easter is one of my favorite times a year. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are fundamental to the Christian faith. Christianity rises or falls on the veracity of Christ's resurrection which we celebrate at Easter. I believe there is no greater picture of the meaning of Easter than that of the Day of Atonement. Here we see both the cross of Christ and the resurrection of Christ. In Rev. 13:8 we read that Christ, the Lamb of God, ''was slain from the foundation of the world. Before God created the world, before he set the stars in place, before he breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life God knew that man would fall. He knew that man would sin and rebel against Him. But thank God Easter means that God made a way of escape. God, knowing all things, planned and set in motion the means of man's redemption, through the death and atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. God's plan would dramatically unfold throughout the years of human history, and at just the right time, at just the right moment in human history, God came and dwelt with man to die on that cross and make atonement for and to redeem fall humanity.
Here in the 16th chapter of Leviticus, written three thousand year s before Christ would come to Bethlehem, God takes up the brush of His word, and paints three pictures which depict man's lowest depths and God's greatest heights. The Master Painter takes out the canvass, and dips his brush in red, and on that canvass He paints the bloody cost of man's redemption. Look with me in this great chapter and let us see together three great pictures given in the Old Testament Atonement that speak of the New Testament covenant which has been seale ...
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