It only happened once a year. The high priest entered the Most Holy Place of the tenth day of the seventh month of Israel’s lunar calendar. It was the Day of Atonement.
The priest would remove his ornate robe and put on simple linen garments, then sacrifice a bull for his own sins and the sins of other priests. He then presented two goats to the Lord – as sacrifice for the sins of the people.
This annual atonement was rendered unnecessary when Jesus came as our final atonement. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
The carnage of your past cannot simply be ignored. Nor can your sins be offset by your own sincere efforts. They must be atoned for. The good news is that this is precisely why Jesus came.
Recovery Step: Confess your sins (and addiction) to God. By simple faith, trust in the sacrifice Jesus made for you on the cross. May this be your personal Day of Atonement.