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August 2, 2016

RIGHTOUESNESS

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

This is the second thing that Christ did for us by reconciling us with the Father in heaven.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Jesus was nor merely beaten up but He was scourged by Pilate, who little later, declared that He was innocent, yet ordered Him to be crucified. The whole trial was illegal.

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. (John 19:1)

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. (John 19:6)

Lord Jesus was stripped upto a very humble state; and yet He was performing a very noble and pleasing deed on the cross. He offered his own body and blood for our sake and for the remission of our sins. God loved us so much so that He gave His only begotten son for this purpose. It pleased the Father to bruise Him on the cross. Woever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It is not we who loved Him first but He loved us first.

“And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe”. (Matthew 27:28)

We are saved by an unmerited favor, called, Grace.  It is the gift of God. When we could not stand right with God by our own good works, Christ died for us.  By His death, in our stead, we are redeemed from Sin.  Our righteousness is equivalent to filthy rags before God. Jesus purchased us with not with silver of God, but by His precious blood.  We are His treasured possession.

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. (Isaiah 64:6)

Jesus was born as a Jew and God loved Israelites and called them as His People and the nation as His nation. The Bible asks us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Many Jews have accepted Jesus as their savior, but there are still many who reject Him as their Messiah. It would have been very good if all the Jews realized that Lord Jesus was divine, and fully human when He was on this earth and if they realized that He died for the sake of our sins. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He is seated on the right hand of the Majesty. He comes back again as soon as all His enemies are brought to His footstool. Scriptures say that if they do not believe Jesus as their Messiah now, they will be brought to their knees to acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah during the period of “Great Tribulation”.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)

The very fact that their present day high priests are not dying instantaneously for not offering the bullock and a ram for themselves, and the Lord’s goat as sin offering and confessing upon the live goat the sins of the high priest and the sins of the people followed by its letting loose into the wilderness itself shows that they are in violation of the Mosaic Law. (cf. Leviticus Chapter16)

The high priest starts by washing his flesh in water and putting on linen garments. God commanded to lay aside the beautiful priestly garments of the high priest on this solemn occasion wherein the high priest is seen in a very humble stature, yet performing a very noble and pleasing deed for the Lord, while offering the sacrifices (Leviticus 16:4)

Jesus was without any sin and without any blemish born of the Virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20) and, therefore, he did not need any bullock for himself, but He became the Lamb of God and the sacrifice for our sake. John testified of him that He was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin.

The high priest takes a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and brings it within the veil. He puts the incense upon the fire before the LORD, so that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the ark of the testimony; and if he failed to follow the said method his death was sure. The blood of the bullock is sprinkled with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward, and he sprinkles the blood before the mercy seat with his finger seven times. He goes back to the altar and kills the goat on which the lot fell as sin offering for the people and takes the blood of the goat within the veil and applies the blood and sprinkles just as he did with the blood of bullock for his own sake (Leviticus 16:15)

Jesus became the propitiation and substitution for our sake and fulfilled two-fold purpose of becoming sacrifice on behalf of us and bearing our sins upon himself as a substitute in our stead.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:24-25)

Because the Tabernacle remained in the midst of the children of Israel with all their transgressions and uncleanness, Aaron, the high priest makes atonement for the holy place. He brings the live goat and lays both his hands upon the head of the live goat, signifying the transference of the sins of himself, and all the people of Israel on to the live goat, and confesses over the live goat all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all the transgressions and all their sins, and sends it away by the hand of the fit man into the wilderness. The goat carries the iniquities of all the people of Israel unto a land not inhabited never to return again to the land where the children of Israel lived. The live goat on which the sins are confessed is led outside the camp by a fit man into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:16-19).

He, who lets the goat into the wilderness bathes his flesh in water and afterwards comes into the camp. Notice the shedding of the blood and its sprinkling covered their sins, yet the sins remained in the sanctuary until the high priest transferred the sins onto the live goat which carried the sins far into an uninhabited land. The letting of the scapegoat into the wilderness is after the high priest changes his garments of linen and puts on his priestly garments and offering of the fat of the sin offering to be burnt upon the altar (Leviticus 16:20-22)

 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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