Leviticus 16: We Need to Have Something to Do with Jesus
Leviticus chapter 16 gives us a picture of the scapegoat.
Lev 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
Lev 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
Aaron was supposed to take two goats and cast lots for both of them. One was supposed to be sacrificed for a typical sin offering as an atonement for the sins of the people of Israel.
The leftover goat was called the scapegoat, and he basically had to take on all of the sins of the people of Israel. Then, he was supposed to be released into the wilderness like the verses above dictate.
In a way, Jesus is the scapegoat that will serve all the sins of humanity for all time. Even though He never had any sin of His own, He took on everything that has ever been committed.
In fact, this almost makes me think about the significance of this scapegoat being sent away alive. Jesus is also alive, but there are many people who send Him out to the wilderness so to speak. They don’t want anything to do with Jesus, and they try to banish Him somewhere where they will never have to find Him again. However, the reality is that He is alive and as present ever. We can try to send Him away, but we do not have that power over Him.
For the Israelites, that was the point. Once their sins were on that goat, they did not want or need anything else to do with it.
However, because I am extending that analogy to Jesus, we need to have something to do with Him. It is really the only choice any of us will make that has truly eternal significance.