Festive season is a really amusing filled interval, enjoying time with family and friends. Being merry and reminiscing about the days when we were young and how we spent Christmas in the olden days. Retrospection seems to be what we are mindful of, hence that precise theme on the verge of our tongues.
One very odd, heartbreaking and disturbing story I heard was from one man who was an intruder. During our assembly as a family on Christmas day, late in the evening while we barbecued. Out in the dark I spotted a man who was scouting our family reunion spirit. My eyes and his met and he walked directly to me. He familiarized himself to me. He had come in harmony. As we got comfortable around each other. He narrated how his brother was massacred. He and his brother were attacked as they walked around 1 AM. He showed me scars on his head and arms where he was battered with a sword. What saved his life was him falling into a valley. As they attempted to assassinate him, he was taking steps back unbeknownst to him, behind him was this valley where he fell into.
As he got back up from the valley to the plateau, the assailants had dispersed and on the ground laid his brother. When he approached him, he could smell the stench of blood. When he lifted his brother’s head up, he noticed that his throat was slit open with a knife. He could hear him gasp for breath. He held his hand and spoke his last words to his brother. He noted how all he wants to do is to avenge his brother’s blood. It happened about three years back but his fume was as fresh as a two minute wound. Emphasis is what happened 3 years back is as exasperating as though it happened today. For this individual, satisfaction for him would be seeing blood from any of the four men, death of any one of the four men would be his desired atonement for him to be at peace.
As the man whose brother was murdered spoke about him seeing his enemies’ blood as atonement. It really hit me hard to know that God wanted and was satisfied with the shedding of blood in order for us to have that perfect peace with Him. It got me thinking of the magnitude of the shed blood of Jesus. These four murderers who brutally slayed a man; could recognition and acceptance of Jesus’s forgiveness mean perfect peace with God? Romans 3:25 “(Jesus) Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in his blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed”, propitiation is regaining favor of someone by doing something that pleases him. This is to say that the blood of Jesus was so pleasing to God in making appease with God on our behalf.
The law is so perfect, it is like a mirror, and a mirror can help you see the flaws on your face. The mirror helps you spot what blemishes you have on your face. That is what the law does, it does not modify you, and instead it shows you what it is that you didn’t do or did wrong. There was no escaping the law, even if unintentionally you did something wrong, God would charge that against you. Numbers 15:24, “Then it shall be, if ought be committed ignorance without knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the Lord, with the meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.” All this was atonement unto God so that there would be peace for a certain period of time with men. So complicated and demanding and if not done then waging war was thrust upon us.
This is to say no matter how small or big your sin is, the blood of Jesus became such an impeccable atonement for us. I do not know what you may have done, maybe you murdered someone or you lied to put someone in so much trouble or you were so ignorant and hurt someone without you even knowing, the real, perfect and ceaseless atonement was handed forth by God Himself, one word, JESUS!!!!
Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His Grace”, our sins have been atoned for, Jesus is our atonement today. He has made amends for us with God. Today we have this unadulterated forgiveness of sins.