These verses speak of atonement. We have to ask. What is that?
Atonement is a big word with a very significant meaning. But to put it simply, it is the means by which we are brought back into fellowship with God.
In the Old Testament, it was done through an animal sacrifice, that covered over the sins of the people, until the sin could actually be paid for.
When Jesus died on the cross, His final word was, “Tetelestai” and it means that the debt has been paid in full. When Jesus breathed His last breath, His sinless life, sacrificed for our sin-filled lives, didn’t just cover our sins. His death erased our sins.
All we have to do is accept this gift.
And the gift is even bigger because Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose from the grave and conquered death. He offers us eternal life with Him.
“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided. When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.” Proverbs 16:6-8
Will you accept His gift? All you have to do is ask.
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me and making atonement possible.