The Scapegoat

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The Scapegoat
By J. C. Corcoran
Back in Old Testament times they celebrated what was called the Day of Atonement. Atonement had to be made for all the people once a year. On that day, the priest would take the animals the people brought to him; usually a lamb or a goat, and he would slaughter all but one goat.
The blood from the slaughtered animals would then be poured out over the altar. Then he took the live goat, placed both hands on its head and confessed all the wickedness and sins of the people. Finally he sent the goat into the desert. The “scapegoat” carried their sins away.

Leviticus 16:20-22 tells us:  “When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.
All of this was a picture of Jesus Christ, who was called “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” John the Baptist made that declaration in John 1:29. Then we are told that John the Baptist baptized Jesus. All four Gospels tell us different parts of the story. But, when you put them all together, it looks like this:
I see John rest his hands on Jesus as He goes down into the water; just as the priest placed his hands on the head of the animal on the Day of Atonement. When Jesus came up from the water, Luke 1:12 tells us He headed out into the desert; just like the scapegoat on the Day of Atonement.
I believe at this point, Jesus took on the sins of the world; just like the scapegoat. But there is one big important difference. The priest slaughtered those animals and poured their blood out on the altar. The religious leaders of the New Testament had Jesus slaughtered. His flesh was torn apart by that terrible flogging.
The cross they hung Him on became the altar of sacrifice. His arms were outstretched; His hands were nailed to the cross; the blood from his arms and hands reached the corners of the cross. The thorns on His head caused His head to bleed, so the blood touched the top of the cross. His feet were nailed together so His blood covered the foot of the cross.
His entire body was a mass of blood so the entire cross (the altar) was covered; saturated; with the blood of the Lamb. The sacrificial Lamb had taken on all the sins of the world and carried them, Himself as the High Priest, to the altar.
Just before Jesus released His last breath of life, we are told in John 19:30 that Jesus said… “It is finished.”
The writer of the Book of Hebrews says in 9:22… “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
And he says in verse 25 that Jesus did not enter heaven again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
And one final note:
The tabernacle in the Old Testament was furnished with a lampstand, table, and the altar (Exodus 25-40). There was no chair for the priest to sit down and rest. He didn’t have time to sit; he was always busy.
But Jesus, our High Priest, said, “It is finished.” Then God raised Him from the dead and He ascended into heaven where He “sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12)
Jesus said “It is finished.” And all you have to do is “confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9). And when Peter was asked, “What must we do?” He answered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Salvation is a free gift of God and the bible says “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21

I did, many years ago; and I have never regretted it. Neither will you if you haven’t already.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen

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I promise to answer every one a.s.a.p. – if not sooner.

A Testimony

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A Testimony

By J. C. Corcoran

 

Because of my troubles, I blamed God and turned from Him. Unlike Job, who remained faithful, I fell into a life of sin (rebellion).

Until one day, I was driving to work. I was on the highway doing the posted speed limit of 70 mph when I suddenly had the urge to speak to God; something I hadn’t done in quite a while except to scream at Him for all my problems.

I remember looking through the windshield up toward heaven and, out loud, I said; “God, what is wrong with me? What happened to my faith?

And, as though I had turned the radio on, in my mind, a voice loud and clear said; “If you will confess your sin, I am faithful and just and I will forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”

I had not read my bible in at least two years but I knew that was scripture. And then I was reminded of another verse that says; “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

I realized then, while driving along at 70 mph that God was speaking to me. And then I recalled another verse that says; “nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

I came to an immediate realization that God still loved me and all I had to do was confess my sin. As I began to confess all that I had done, I began to feel the guilt being lifted from me and I was reminded of what David said; “He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire and set my feet on a rock.”

I began to cry at 70 mph. I was crying so hard by the time I came to my exit that I had to pull over. I could not see the road. God had kept His word. Right there, in my car, alongside the highway, He had lifted me from the slime and cleansed me.

Not long after that, this website was born. I had never attempted to build a website, nor did I hire anyone to build it; I simply asked God to help me if this is what He wanted. This website is His; I am merely the instrument He uses. I don’t post anything unless God tells me to. That is why it sometimes goes for weeks with nothing added; then again sometimes, things get posted in quick succession.

Why am I posting this particular one today? Because God told me to do so. I had no intentions of posting anything today. There was nothing on my mind as I went to my corner, as I always do first thing in the morning, and began to read Gods word. I had picked up right where I had left off yesterday in Second Kings and I was reading about Elijah and Elisha when, suddenly, my mind was interrupted with these thoughts.

I can only assume that God wants you to see that He is a God of grace and forgiveness. And if you are having problems i.e. divorce, lost job, or whatever; and you are blaming God, you need to stop and listen.

God is not the one causing the problems. He may allow it in order to test your faith but He is not the cause of it. Look at Job; it’s the accuser, Satan, who is the cause of your trouble and God is allowing him to have his way with you in order to test you. Will you stand the test or will you fail it as I did? Let me tell you; my life grew ugly; so ugly I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror.

But God never left me. “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Nothing can separate us from the love of God; not even ourselves.

So keep in mind what Paul tells us in Romans 6:21-22 “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

Can I hear an Amen?

Do I Hear an Amen?

Amen

Do I Hear an Amen?

By J C Corcoran

The Lord said to Moses:

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”  (Numbers 14:11)

And Jesus had the same problem; even the religious leaders refused to believe in him; in spite of all the miraculous signs he performed.

And isn’t it the same today; here in this great nation that has been so blessed?

Yes, some believe, but most don’t. And even those who do, there are some among us who do not follow the Way. We have become too complacent; we have become arrogant; we have become too prideful. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous idea that we built this great nation ourselves, through our own merits and we have failed to give God the glory. Just as the Israelites did.

And now we stand on the brink of destruction and wonder why. We still refuse to trust God. You speak of Him; you even say you pray; but do you really believe? Do you really trust God?

One man said to me recently, “There’s no point, why bother? America will never be the same.” What a defeatist attitude. This same man used to send me emails with pornographic pictures and dirty jokes and other emails about praying to God. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? And those porn pictures led to porn sites. I had to ask him to stop or quit emailing me altogether. There must be hundreds of thousands of those sites on the internet. And homosexuality has become an accepted alternative lifestyle while the Christian community, as a whole, remains silent. Doesn’t it tell us in Ephesians 5:11 to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness?

Sexual immorality is rampant, even among so-called believers and again I remind you of what it says in Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”

And God is crying out to us. I see it everywhere on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and even on television: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

“called by my name” Christian; “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

“turn from their wicked ways…” 1 John 1:9 “confess your sins”

“forgive their sins”.. 1John 1:9.. “and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.”

“I will heal their land.” Our land, the United States of America, can be saved from destruction if God’s people will humble themselves, turn to Him and repent.

I know I did. Several years ago, when I lived alone in Texas, I cruised the porn sites. I was a born-again Christian, have been for over four decades; but I was angry at God because of one of my own failures, and I turned my back on him. Then I moved up here to Indiana to be with my wife (not my wife at that time); we were living together without the benefit of marriage.

And one day we came to the realization that we were living in sin. We asked God’s forgiveness; my wife was baptized, and we got married. And God is blessing us.

We humbled ourselves; turned from our sins, and asked God’s forgiveness. And now here I am serving God with my writing.

Children of God, listen to me. Stop what you are doing.

Are you cheating on your spouse? Stop it and ask God’s forgiveness

Are you stealing from your employer? Stop it and seek God’s forgiveness

Are you cruising porn sites? For God’s sake, stop it and ask his forgiveness

Are you so busy working for the almighty dollar that you don’t have time to spend with Almighty God? Stop it. Humble yourself, confess your sin, seek God and his forgiveness and He will heal our land.

I will bring this to a close with a prayer from Toni Babcock, a member Of FaithWriters.com:

“Lord, help every child of God carry the demeanor of a child of God, fully expecting you to do great things through faith in Jesus Christ according to your Word.”

Do I hear an Amen?