If Jesus is our atonement, why did He die at Passover instead of the Day of Atonement?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Every one of the Old Testament sacrifices typified Christ. The Passover, or paschal, sacrifice was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. The paschal lamb was to be a male, without spo...

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Open uri20150816 3767 1tn9rak mark wilkinson retired school teacher and missionary
Christ is both our Passover (1 Cor 5:7) and our Atonement (Rom 5:11). In the context of the Hebrew nation the Passover meant freedom from the penalty of sinful rebellion against God. The Angel of Death passed over every home where the blood of the Passover lamb had been applied. Egyptians not sheltering under the blood suffered death of their first-born. 

But the Passover also marked the beginning of the Exodus to freedom from slavery and freedom to live under God's rule in the land he promised. The Day of Atonement was introduced along the way, as part of the religious code for the Hebrew nation. It was to remind them of their need for continual renewal and separation and holiness before God. It spoke too of priesthood and propitiation - it was a further development of what the Passover had begun. 

When Jesus was dying upon the cross his blood was shed, reminding us of the shed blood of the Passover lamb as well as the blood of the animals sacrificed at Yom Kippur. Jesus also cried out 'I thirst' - reminding us of the scape-goat on the Day of Atonement, who suffered thirst in the desert as he died carrying the sins of the people.

Later, after his resurrection and ascension to heaven, Jesus became our Great High Priest, taking his own blood into the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf where it was accepted by God. (Heb 9:11-28 etc; Rev 4 & 5).

For Christian believers Christ's work upon the cross makes it possible to be free from sin and death and to enter into a new life, indwelt and guided by God. We must each come in faith to him claiming the merits of Christ's shed blood to take away our sins, be counted righteous in his sight and be reconciled (at-one-ment) to God. And while Christ's atonement is a once for all event, never to be repeated, there is a sense that his atoning effects are reapplied every time we come to God in repentance for our sins. Seeking daily renewal through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Mini James Leo Kropf retired pastor
While the atonement is mentioned in the NT, the atonement gained by animal sacrifices only "covered" atoned for their sins. The blood of bulls and goats could never take away sin. {Hebrews} Jesus' blood did more than cover for our sins, He washed them (removed them) from us forever! PTL.

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Open uri20130923 3636 xu7p01 Generoso Domingo
Lev.23 is a good chapter to understand why Christ is not just our Passover, but also Atonement, First Fruit among the dead, and Lord of Sabbath. Although Christ can't die twice in order to be our Atonement and Passover, He becomes our Atonement, which is celebrated on the 10 day of the 7th month from even to even. Mat. 28:1 tells us that they celebrate Sabbath on the same manner. It is not an error when he writes that verse.

December 07 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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