The scarlet thread of redemption is woven beautifully between the Old and New Testaments. In Leviticus 16, we observe the instructions for the Day of Atonement when two goats were presented to the Lord. The first was sacrificed and its blood sprinkled upon the mercy seat to make atonement for sin. Upon the 2nd goat, the priest placed his hands and confessed the sins of the people. This scapegoat, bearing the sin of all, was released into the wilderness. The psalmist proclaims, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Now consider Jesus the true GOAT. He perfectly fulfilled the role of both goats. By sacrificing his blood to make atonement for sin, his blood satisfied the payment for our sins upon the heavenly mercy seat. As the scapegoat, on the cross, He bore our sin and carried away our iniquities.
Jesus is the mediator of the greater (New) covenant. On the cross, He willingly offered Himself as the greatest sacrifice demonstrating the greatest love of all time. He alone is worthy of our worship, and He alone can save. Hebrews 7 assures us, “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God though Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Explanation: A few years ago, on of the Super Bowl players was given the accolade, “The GOAT” – the greatest of all time. This blog identifies the only one worthy of that title.