This morning Pastor Mark Tiefel looks at the Lenten concept of "Vicarious Atonement." The word "atonement" means to appease or to remove something. When it comes to sin, God has removed our sin thought the sacrifice of His Son. The word "vicarious" means substitute, and this points to Jesus who had taken our place and made the sacrifice needed for our sins. The Old Testament believers celebrated the Day of Atonement once every year. One goat was killed and sacrificed, the other had the sins of the people placed upon it and it was led out into the wilderness where it was left to die. These pictures point us to the sacrifice made by Jesus on Good Friday. Jesus told his disciples that He had come to set sinners "at one" with God, through His death on the cross. Jesus has become our substitute and made that sacrifice for our sin, removing it forever.
April 3, 2017