Included in our Bible reading for today is Leviticus 16, giving instructions for the Day of Atonement, the type and foreshadow of Jesus our Messiah bringing his own sinless blood into the heavenly Holy of Holies to obtain our eternal redemption. The New Testament description is given in Hebrews 9:1-28. In years past when I have been aware of when the Day of Atonement occurs I meditate on the fact that our redemption was paid for by Jesus blood placed on the Mercy Seat in heaven. I form word pictures in my mind imagining how He must have done it. I am fully persuaded that Jesus sprinkled his blood upon the mercy seat just as Aaron did (Leviticus 16:14, 15) This year the Day of Atonement is on the evening of October 8 to evening of October 9.
Our reading today records Jesus before Pontius Pilate. Matthew’s Gospel records Jesus saying only two words to Pilate and the same goes for Mark and Luke’s Gospel. It is not until John’s Gospel which we will read later in the year that we have the substance of what Jesus said to Pilate. It is what Jesus said to Pilate that the Apostle Paul in his First letter to Timothy exhorted Timothy and us to emulate. Faith is released through our words. 1 Timothy 6:12-14 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 6:13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 6:14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing.