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.

Do you Know?

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Do You Know

by J. C. Corcoran

I just watched a movie on TV from 1962; Barabbas starring Anthony Quinn and it really started me to thinking and wondering about what Barabbas might have felt when he discovered that he was set free so that they could crucify Jesus Christ. The Gospel stories are all quiet about what might have occurred in this man’s life after he was freed, and the movie is fiction but all you need do is imagine it; and you can ask yourself the same question I did. Wow, what did he feel when he realized Jesus died for him?

Anthony Quinn was always one of my favorite actors back in those days but I never saw this particular movie until today, and I can’t get over the expression on his face when he realizes that he was free because of this man’s death. Yes, Barabbas was free because of the death of Jesus Christ.

And do you know that you can be free also, if you are not already. Yes, you can be free of sin; you can be free of the guilt of sin; you can be free from the penalty of sin (which is death), if you just accept the truth of the Gospel.

In the tenth chapter of Romans, verse 9, it says… “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”    And again it says… “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5: 6&8).

I can still remember how I felt when I was faced with the truth of the Gospel. I was thirty-three years old and had never read a single page of the Bible. A rookie, I was training, got into our patrol car with a Bible and told me it was his law book as he set it on the seat between us. You might have thought it was a hot poker the way I flinched. And I told him to keep it to his self, I didn’t want to hear it.

I won’t go into a lot of detail but, suffice it to say, I was not living a clean life. As Paul says in the bible, I was probably the chief of sinners.  But it didn’t take long (just a few days) and I made a slip. I asked the rookie, Jim’s his name, why he was always smiling. His answer was simple and straightforward. He said, “I’m happy because I know that I’m going to heaven when I die.”

I laughed and asked him how anybody could be so sure where they would go when they die. His answer came straight from John 3:16.. because “God so loves the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I scoffed and said, well I’m sure he don’t love me and I’m positive I don’t love anybody, so what are you saying? You saying I won’t go to heaven?

“No sir, I’m not saying any of that; the Bible is.”

Well that got my attention and, to make a long story short, I went to church about two weeks after that conversation. What I heard that Sunday morning made me want to go back, so I went back that evening; and again the following Sunday. And then, that Sunday evening, I was on duty and riding alone so I went to church. Oak Ridge wasn’t as big as it is now and it was a quiet evening. so I put my gun in the trunk of the car and went inside.

I  don’t remember a lot of what the preacher said that time except that whatever it was, it caused a heap of guilt to flood over me and when he invited people to come up front after the service I started to leave my seat. But something held me back; I thought… no way am I going up there. I’ve seen people do that these past few times I’ve been here and they always start crying. I’m in uniform and I ain’t going up there and start crying.

Then he said, and I quote because it was his very words, “I feel like someone is holding back and I must tell you that Today is your day of salvation…” and I practically ran up that aisle. He had to be talking about me, right? I was certainly holding back.

And boy, I cried. In fact I bawled like a baby. People started laying hands on me and praying; the preacher was praying and I was spilling my guts; I knelt there and confessed to stuff that I thought I had forgotten. And I could actually feel the guilt falling off me. I was happier than I had ever been in my life. I finally quit crying and stood up and this older lady, Mrs. Salter, took my hands into hers and said, “Welcome home.”

That’s all she said and the flood started again. But now I know what I know. Jesus Christ died for me, and you, and you , and you because God so loves the world that He doesn’t want any of us to face His wrath.

What follows is a song the Lord just gave me while I was sitting on the porch enjoying a cold glass of iced tea. I hope it blesses you; I hope you understand what the song is saying.

Come To the Father  by J. C. Corcoran

I love You my Father

And I know You love me

You sent Your Son, Jesus

To set me free.

And free I am Father,

To worship and praise;

To live without fear, Lord,

For the rest of my days.

So, I’ll tell my brothers,

Please listen to me;

Call on the Father

And He’ll set you free.

Oh come to the Father,

Let Him set you free.

Thanks for visiting. I pray that God will bless you today.

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?

You Know What?

You know what?

We cannot live a life of sin and expect a blessing from God. Sin is disobedience to Gods word and He says in 1 Samuel 2:30 …them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Christian brothers, hear me; you cannot continue your life of sin and expect God to deliver us from our oppression. Yes, we are being oppressed; our enemies are in high gear in their attempts to destroy every sign of God in our country. Do you not see it? Of course you see it; so what are you doing about it? Some of you are taking part. You ask how are you taking part, and I’m glad you asked because I’m fixing to tell you.

Please open your bibles to Ephesians to the fifth chapter and read with me from verse three.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Now skip down to verse eleven: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

And you know what?

“ if you try to deny that you are involved in any or all of those listed, you are lying to yourself but, most of all, you are lying to God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Can I hear an Amen please!

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