Atonement is very big in religion. In fact, there are whole industries built upon feeding the need in people to atone for their sins. In all major religions there are atonement practices and sacrifices. But beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that there is no need to deal with that any more. Let us see why.

The apostle Paul tells us,

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:19-23

First, we enter into our Father’s presence, by the blood of Jesus. This is the new and living way which Jesus has consecrated for us. For Jesus said during the last supper,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

His blood was shed for the remission of your sins and my sins and because our sins have been remitted, we no longer have to atone for our sins anymore! Jesus has done it all for us. And because we are now clean and guiltless, we can come to our Father, having boldness, because Jesus says,

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Jesus has become the new and living way, our new and living way to our Father.

Also, at His death, two veils were torn.

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matthew 27:50-53

First, was the veil separating death and life; past, present and future. That was why those who had fallen asleep were resurrected and appeared to many. It was as if, at that time, all time ceased its linear progression.

Second, was the physical veil in the temple which separated the sanctuary from the Holy of Holies where God resided. And that is the veil that Paul was referring to when he said that Jesus had consecrated for us through the veil that is His flesh.

You see, when Jesus died, He bore all our sins on His person and He was punished by God for them in the body. That, together with the scourging that Jesus received prior to His death, literally tore His body apart.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

And by that act, Jesus drew us closer to God, removing the barrier that was once between us, the barrier which, in the past, we had to overcome by our offering of sacrifices.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,” Ephesians 2:13-14

Beloved, God never meant to demand sacrifices from us. In fact, Jesus said,

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.” Psalm 40:6

But because man wanted to justify himself through His own actions, much like how the rest of the world is trying to do right now, mankind brought this requirement of atonement upon himself when he said,

“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8

“All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Exodus 19:8[GW]

So God, after letting man try out atonement for a time, decided that enough was enough. His love for us made it no longer bearable for Him to see the suffering that we put ourselves under, trying to impossibly justify ourselves by our own actions. So He sent Jesus to make things right. And Jesus does this by taking away the old contract which needed sacrifice, and replaced it with one in which He is the sacrifice, once for all. For it is written,

“The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ:
You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year;
you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice.
It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar
that whet your appetite.
So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God,
the way it’s described in your Book.”
When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—God’s way—by which we are made fit for God by the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus.” Hebrews 10:1-10 [MSG]

So now beloved, let us draw near to God because our hearts have been sprinkled with Jesus’ holy blood and cleansed from an evil conscience; and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope in Jesus without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

But more than that, beloved, we can now stop thinking of God only as God, for He has become our Father. For Jesus said,

“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

Beloved, Jesus has atoned for your sins. There is no need to do as the world does anymore. Instead, let us marvel at the love our Father has for us and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us; and let His joy fill our hearts.

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