ffoz.org has a great e-drash on Yom Kippur today. I think the part that really made me think was.
The rituals for Yom Kippur teach us about the distance between man and God. The heart of man contains a deadly conceit. It is the idea that “I’m generally a pretty decent person. God isn’t really that upset with my sin.”
The Bible teaches that God cannot abide sin. All men are sinners, and therefore, all men are forced out of the presence of God. Just like Adam and Eve, who were forced out of the Garden of Eden, we are all separated from God.
Our sin is as filth before the Almighty. Shame and disgrace ought to cover us every time we open our Bibles. We have sullied the very parchment of Torah with our sins and trodden on the shed blood of Messiah. Our worthy deeds are utterly eclipsed by our transgressions and sins. Yom Kippur reminds us that this is a real problem. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that “in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year” (Hebrews 10:3).
This is such an eye opener and slap in the face to each of us who thinks we are a good person. Yet we are not left hanging.
For Messiah did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. … He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9:24-26)
God has made a way of redemption for us through the death and resurrection of His righteous Son. For everyone who places faith in Him, there is redemption, salvation and the forgiveness of sins. This is the hope of our faith: the forgiveness of sins through faith in Yeshua. To experience this forgiveness, we need to have a saving relationship with God through Yeshua, His Son.