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An Old Testament Picture of Jesus

July 26, 2015 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell

Passage: Leviticus 16:5–16:22

An Old Testament Picture of Jesus
Leviticus 16:5-22

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Many of the rituals and symbols of the Old Testament foreshadow events of the New Testament, especially the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

1. The Role of the High Priest

The High Priest represents the people before God.

“For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.” (Hebrews 7:26–27)

2. The goat that was Slain

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22)

3. The goat that was Taken Away

“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

“He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)

A Little Theology

  • Propitiation - The absorbing and exhausting of the righteous wrath of a Holy God against our sin.

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9–10)

  • Expiation - The removal or putting away of sin from the presence of a Holy God.

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

What is our response?

  • Acknowledge ourselves as sinners before a Holy God and face up to any particular sins we are aware of.
  • Believe/Trust in Jesus Christ as God’s provision for the forgiveness and the removal of our sin.

“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 serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:14)

“blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” (Romans 4:8)

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean 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)

  • Gratitude

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)