The Last 'Scapegoat' (May 3, 2009)

These days, no one wants to be a scapegoat, unfairly blamed for the sins and failures of others, but everyone wants to have one. Let's face it, we are pretty much all masters of "the blame game" and the evasion of responsibility. Many are not aware that the word 'scapegoat' comes from a ceremony in which Aaron as High Priest confessed over a goat all the sins of Israel before leading it away into the wilderness (Leviticus 16: 20-22) as a sign of God's mercy. Followers of Christ believe that this foreshadowed the day when the Messiah Jesus would come to be the final scapegoat and our High Priest (Hebrews 10: 1-14), as he was led away to the cross and freely accepted blame for our sin. Jesus accepted blame even though he, of all people, was justified in blaming others. He forgave when he could have condemned. By the power of his Spirit, he has set us free to stop blaming and start loving as he loved us (1 John 4: 1-12). Click the link below to download.

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