Substitutionary Sacrificial Atonement is the process whereby God accepts the sacrifice of an innocent one in place of the guilty, for the remission of sins.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Everyone answers for their own sins. You can’t blame your parents, how you were raised, or any other difficult situation. These can all be a hardship, but ultimately everyone will stand before God and give an account for their own decisions.
Sin separates man from God and leads to death. Atonement (Reconciliation) must be made.
Leviticus 1:1-3 “And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.”
The Tabernacle (Hebrew: מִשְׁכַּן, mishkan, "residence" or "dwelling place"), was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence of God, (In the Holy of Holies) from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan.
Offering meant “to draw near”. Burnt Sacrifice or Offering meant “that which ascends.” The offering was to be a male, without blemish; perfect. It had to be offered up voluntarily; it had to be an individual decision. Just like Salvation today, no matter how much we pray for someone or how much we would like to “drag them to the Altar”, it has to be their decision to accept Jesus Christ or to reject Him.
1Peter 1:18 &19 says we are redeemed with the precious Blood of Christ, like a lamb without blemish and without spot. There is no other way, there is no other offering.
Leviticus 1: 4 “And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”
The worshipper would bring sacrifice to the door of the tabernacle, lay his hands on its head, confess their sins, leaning on the sacrifice, identifying with it, and their sins would be transferred to the Substitutionary Sacrifice.
1John 1:3 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin,” Jesus is our Substitutionary Sacrifice! When we accept Him as Savior, our sins are transferred to Him, the Son of God who knew no sin.
Leviticus 1:5 “And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”
The assistant Priests would catch the blood and sprinkle it around and on the Altar, the Ten Commandments which the worshipper was guilty of breaking was under the Mercy Seat of the Altar, but now was covered with the blood. We are still judged by the Ten Commandments but our sins are covered by the Blood.... The Blood of Jesus!
Leviticus 1:6-9 “And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.”
The offering had to be cut in to pieces, because sin is outside and inside. Notice: 1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” The stripes literally tore His flesh until you could see His internal organs, sin runs deep but the Blood of Jesus covers it all.
The inward parts of the sacrifice had to be washed, pure and clean. All had to be burnt with fire, signifying judgment. Jesus accepted the judgment of the cross. He took all the guilt and penalty. We are justified! Meaning more than just “not guilty” or innocent, it means God sees us as never sinning.
Total forgiveness came. Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, the load of sin is lifted; free from judgment, free from guilt. Your sins have been transferred to the Substitutionary Sacrifice which is Jesus Christ.
Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin, notice that God accepted Abel’s offering but rejected Cain’s (Genesis 4: 4,5). Life is in the Blood, so, by Jesus shedding His Blood, we can receive life.
1John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” FORGIVENESS!
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
The Priest entered into the Holy of Holies to offer up the sacrifice to be accepted by God every year. Jesus entered only one time to present Himself to be accepted by God, and when God accepted Him, God accepted you. The veil was rent from top to bottom, signifying God no longer dwells in the Holy of Holies, but now resides in the hearts of believers. We have been forgiven, and His Grace flows freely to all who asks. Total forgiveness came to all!
One of Satan’s greatest attacks is to attach unforgiveness to us, because that keeps us from coming to the full realization of what Jesus did on the Cross. As long as Satan can keep us bound with unforgiveness of ourselves, other people, maybe an ex spouse, or an abusive parent; no matter if they deserve it or not, you are held in captive. When there is unforgiveness in your life, you are in bondage. But Jesus has paid the price so you can have total forgiveness.
Jesus has given you the ability to forgive others, whether they deserve it or not. It makes no difference if they ask for forgiveness or not (they may not even be aware of what they did). Without forgiving them, and letting it go, you will never have the peace you so desperately need in your life. Forgiveness shuts the door on the past! Look at Job and his “friends” (who needs enemies with friends like these!) Let’s be honest, we have all had people like that in our lives, but look what happens when Job forgave them enough to truly pray for them. Job 42:10 “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Jesus has given you the ability to forgive yourself. Maybe it was your fault; maybe the enemy has convinced you it’s your fault. Either way you are totally forgiven by God through the work on the cross by Jesus Christ. Of course you have asked Jesus to forgive you; maybe you need to ask Yourself to forgive You.
Jesus has forgiven all sins; outward sins, inward sins, hidden sins, sins against God and others, sins of the body and mind. We have TOTAL FORGIVENESS!
Today if you have any unforgiveness or grudges, or hard feelings toward anyone, give it all to Jesus and He will set you free.
The innocent lamb died to bring forgiveness to the guilt Old Testament worshipper. Jesus, the innocent Lamb of God died for us, for one reason only - to bring Forgiveness to you.
Imagine if you will: You have a court date coming up, and you know you are guilty. It’s hard to sleep at night, and you’re constantly reminded of it everyday. Looking in the mirror you see the marks of guilt; it can’t be hidden, although you’ve tried for years. Your day in Court arrives.
As you approach the Bench, you not only see the marks of guilt, but the many stains of sin. You prepare yourself to hear the word “Guilty!” But just then, someone puts their hand on and your shoulder and says, “I have become your Substitute, I will carry your guilt.” The Judge declares you innocent and the case is dismissed. This is what Jesus did for you. When you accept His work on Calvary by asking Him to come into your life, He will set you free and give you TOTAL FORGIVENESS!
The King James Bible
Jimmy Swaggart Expositor’s Bible
R.A. Schneider’s broadcast
My own personal thoughts