Friday, October 10, 2008

The one about Yom Kippur and why a believer in Messiah celebrates.

Yom Kippur in a word is about atonement. It is one of the holidays that was commanded by G-d to be observed.
What is the significance to someone who believes the Messiah has come? First off we recognize the fact that Yom Kippur was fullfilled in part by Yeshua's atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 3:23-26,
since all have sinned and come short of earning God's praise. By God's grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as the kapparah for sin through his faithfulness in respect to his bloody sacrificial death. This vindicated God's righteousness; because, in his forbearance, he had passed over [with neither punishment nor remission] the sins people had committed in the past; and it vindicates his righteousness in the present age by showing that he is righteous himself and is also the one who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua's faithfulness.

We also believe that Yom Kippur points to the second coming of Messiah and it reminds us that each of us must be continually prepared.
On an individual level- Yom Kippur reminds us that we all need the grace of Adonai.
Because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23a, we can be "justified by His grace through the redemption which is in Yeshua," Romans 3:23b

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