Yes! It is my birthday again! Not really but I did celebrate my 50th like I have never done before. Click here to read last week’s post. It will all make more sense.
On Sunday this past weekend, I crossed off a bucket list item. I jumped out of an airplane!
This picture is not me but that is precisely what I did a few days ago!
So…how do I transition to the Day of Atonement after talking about skydiving?
I will just jump right in.
As I stated last week, the second of my birthdays involve the Day of Atonement.
In the Old Testament, the book of Leviticus details the sacrificial system set up for the Israelites.
I will try and summarize this for you.
When God created Adam and Eve, there was a perfect relationship between God and man.
Adam and Eve broke that relationship when they ate the forbidden fruit.
Since that time, yes, all the way up to now, that relationship has not yet been mended.
God desperately wants the relationship to be restored.
He also wants us to desire that perfect relationship as well.
He provided a sacrificial system in the Old Testament that foreshadowed a relationship that has been restored to perfection.
When we get to the New Testament, Jesus was sent to earth as a baby. We could now identify with God.
After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, he departed this world and returned to heaven.
The Holy Spirit then replaced Jesus as the presence of God on this earth.
And this is where we find ourselves now.
We are still in a fractured relationship with our God even though He has been attempting to bring us back together. For the last few millennia.
Sin is a separator. It puts space between us and God. All through human history, He keeps trying different ways to get back to us. But we keep separating ourselves from Him.
And the Day of Atonement was how that relationship was restored, if only for a brief period of time.
Next week, I am going to share some details about this special day. My hope is that it will educate and encourage you.
So let me wrap this post up with this thought.
You and I cannot restore our relationship with God. We are unable to do anything that would fix it. It is literally impossible for us.
But there is hope. That relationship can be fully restored. But it takes 100% trust in God. Just like I had to trust 100% in my parachute this past weekend.
Stay tuned next week as I unpack and expound on an Old Testament ritual, with present-day ramifications.
Good night and God bless you.