March 3

He shall take some of the blood….and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat Leviticus 16:14-15

This is one of the most awesome moments of the Jewish calendar – the height of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The High Priest approached the Most Holy Place, pushed aside the veil and did the unthinkable – he entered God’s direct, unveiled, immediate Presence. He had a bowl and he sprinkled blood with his finger onto the place where God’s Presence was located. Effectively, he was sprinkling the blood onto God. He would have been trembling as He did so, conscious no doubt of his sins. Hebrews 9:8 tells us that this teaches that the way to God was not yet open. But Christ has come, and has taken His blood into heaven, and there presented it to the Father. He has never retreated from that place, and we follow Him in. On the cross Christ reconciled us perfectly so that we might approach God boldly – not with bravado, but with trembling wonder at the mercy and holiness of Almighty God, who so longs for fellowship with us, that He has gone to these lengths to bring us back to Himself. How can we honour Him? Believe in His blood and come freely to our loving Father, and enter into His welcoming, loving embrace. You are right with God by the blood of His Son, and you cannot only approach His Presence, but you can live there all your days.