Morning by Morning, September 23 - Day of Atonement, Day of "At-one-ment"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are One with the Father and One with the Holy Spirit. Be One within me and make me more like You today (John 17:22-23). ...
On the Biblical calendar of the cycles of seasons, today is the Day of Atonement. "It shall be a holy convocation for you: you shall deny yourselves and present the Lord's offering by fire; and you shall do no work during that entire day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God.... It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your settlements" (Leviticus 23:27-31). Even to this day, for the Jewish people, this is the most high and holy day of the year, called Yom Kippur.
Every feast and festival, every law and prophecy, and every cycle and season of the Biblical calendar ultimately finds fulfillment in You, Lord Jesus (Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:27). You are our Atonement. You are our Sacrifice. And we rest from our works and trust in Your grace that our salvation is in You alone.
Father God, as we offer our lives to You through Jesus Christ, believing in You and trusting in Your love and grace for us, we "present the Lord's offering by fire" and fire of Your Spirit consumes us (Leviticus 23:27). As we completely commit and fully surrender our lives to You, You "baptize (us) with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11). In communion with You and embracing all You have done for us by Your sacrifice of love, we "present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is (our) spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1).
Lord Jesus, You are our Sacrifice and You are our High Priest. It's not our blood or the blood of any sacrifice by human hands that saves us and atones for our sins, but the blood of Christ alone. "But when Christ came as a High Priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!" (Hebrews 9:11-14)
So by the grace of God and all You've done for us, every day is our Day of Atonement. "For He says, 'At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.' See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!" (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Your eternal sacrifice for us is Your expression of Your eternal love for us. And Your atonement is Your provision for our "at-one-ment" with You, as we abide in You and embrace Your Spirit and the power of Your love and Your grace to abide within us. "God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.... By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit.... God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them" (1 John 4:9-16).
My Father God, my Daddy Abba, in response to Your love and Your grace through the atoning sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ, I offer my life a living sacrifice to You. Continually come abide in me now and forever. Send the fire of Your Holy Spirit into my heart this day and every day. Let me be consumed with a passion for You, filled with thanksgiving and praise to You and all You have done for me, O Lord, my God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I celebrate this day and every day as my day of atonement, my day of "at-one-ment," and my day of salvation in You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will be consumed in the love and grace and fire of God as a holy, living sacrifice in Christ through God's sacrifice of love for you, this day and every day, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!