FacebookButton Twitterbutton instagram-button-48 youtube-48x48 linkedin 48

Jesus is our scapegoat, Reynolds says

Jesus is our scapegoat, Reynolds says

by Emily Grooms

CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews) – Groups of students huddled in prayer, boldly confronting their fears of sharing the Gospel after a sermon preached by Truett-McConnell College's Vice President for Academic Services Dr. Brad Reynolds, gave an invitation in Truett-McConnell College's chapel service this past Thursday.

Preaching a message from Leviticus 16.1-10 at TMC's weekly chapel service Nov.1, Reynolds presented a clear picture of the Gospel as he portrayed the sacrificial offerings required by God in the Old Testament. The high priest and two goats mentioned are representations of Jesus Christ and His Word, Reynolds said.

"The Gospel is rightly called the greatest love story ever told," he said. "It's about God and His unfailing love for us."

Giving brief recaps of box office hits involving heroes and sacrifice, Reynolds said many movies obtain their plots from the Bible. "There is something about His romantic, agape, love that calls to the souls of mankind. He pursues every single one of us," Reynolds said.

Reading the text, Reynolds shared how God described to Moses the proper way to enter into the Holy of Holies. The priest, who represents the person of Jesus, was required to wear "a holy linen tunic," (Leviticus 16.4), he said. "White symbolized purity and humility in the Old Testament, and the high priest would only enter the Holy of Holies clothed in humility."

Linking the high priest of the Old Testament to Jesus' role in the New Testament, Reynolds indicated that, "the beautiful thing about the person of Jesus Christ is that He humbled Himself but was still God."

Because the Holy of Holies was "off limits" to the Israelites and even the high priest at times, Reynolds said God made a statement: "You're a sinner, you sin. I am holy and pure – stay out."

Referencing the parallels to our own sin, Reynolds said God is allergic: "He cannot be in the presence of sin. No matter how good I am; if He allowed my sin into His presence it would stain Him."

"He cannot stop being God so he says to 'stay out' of His presence," he said.

Reynolds said many people entertain the idea that they're not that bad, but "any sin would contaminate heaven," he said.

Using the analogy of a load of laundry, Reynolds said that "any dirt, whether a spoonful or a bucket full would make it less than clean. Our sin is the same to God."

Referring to the goats mentioned in the text, Reynolds noted their importance: "Our sins symbolically transfer onto the goat that goes to the altar."

"When we break His law, we have offended a Holy God and a defense against an infinite God demands an infinite penalty – an eternity separated from God," Reynolds said, noting that Christians escape penalty ourselves because the goat becomes the sacrifice. "The goat didn't do anything wrong, but the sacrifice is a picture of the work of Christ."

The scapegoat represents our freedom, Reynolds said. Leviticus 16.10 says, "But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat."

"The scapegoat would be sent out into the wilderness until it couldn't be seen any longer," Reynolds said. "That's what Jesus did."

Reynolds told a story of a bullfight that took place in 1993. A little boy was cheering and fell over the side of the stands and into the arena. The charging bull saw the boy and turned his attention to him. A teenager jumped into the arena, grabbed the boy, and ran quickly to the side, lifting the boy up to safety. While saving the boy, the bull's horns impaled and killed the teenager.

"The teenager took the place of that little boy because he couldn't save himself," Reynolds said. "Someone had to come and take his place."

Jesus came to take your place, he said, and there is coming a day when He is coming back, not to be judged but to judge mankind. "He's not coming as a lamb but as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He's coming, riding on a white horse; and its side will read 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords."

"Why did He die?" Reynolds asked. "He died to save you to Himself."

Reynolds noted the Israelites inability to enter into the presence of God. When Jesus took our sin, the curtain leading into the Holy of Holies ripped from top to bottom. "It's like He says to us, "Come in, I want to talk with you."

"If you're not saved, don't gamble for tomorrow," Reynolds said. "You are a fool to gamble with tomorrow."

Reynolds closed by challenging students to pray for one another. "Come pray for one of your fellow students who you know isn't saved. Put feet to your words and go to that person and let them know you're praying for them."

###

Emily Grooms is a Truett-McConnell student and a freelance writer for the college.

TMC Directory

Home
About Us
Truett-McConnell History
Meet Dr. Caner
Baptist Faith & Message
Speaker's Bureau
Address and Phone
Official Logos and Colors
Admissions
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees - 2014-2015
International Students
Campus Visit
Apply to TMC
Requirements
Financial Aid
Student Payments
Academics
From Dr. Reynolds
Our Faculty
Degree Programs
Divisions
Business
Christian Studies
Education - Behavioral Science
Early Childhood Education
Middle Grades Education
Psychology
Applying to the Teacher Education Program
Music and Fine Arts
Music Degree Programs
Purpose Statement
Ensembles
Music Scholarships
Audition Requirements
Adjunct Professors
Music Handbook
Protecting Your Hearing Health
Humanities
Science and Mathematics
Nursing
Academic Calendar
2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar
2014 Spring Semester Exam Schedule
Catalogs
Academic Enrichment Services
Special Support Services
Accel Program
Missions Center
Online Degrees
Info for Bi-Vocational Pastors
Online Tuition and Fees
Christian Studies Online
BS in Business Online
BS in Psychology Online
Online Financial Aid
Online Information Request
Alumni
Information Update
Alumni Spotlight
Alumni Nominations
Alumni Wall of Honor
Giving Opportunities
Chapel
Fall Chapel 2014
Athletics
Student Life
What's Next
Campus Ministries
Campus Recreation
Student Success
Chapel Schedule
Dining Services
Housing
Housing Assignment Process
Housing Information
Off-Campus Housing
Leadership Opportunities
Move to Truett
What's Next
What to Bring
New Student Orientation
Local Churches
Local Hotels
Local Restaurants
Parents
Staff
Student Handbook
Public Safety
Parking
Traffic Citation Appeal
Student Job Opportunities
Order Your Textbooks
Quick Links
Students & Faculty
Email Login
Self Service (IQ Web)
Online Classroom
Library
Order Textbooks
WEAVE Online
Truett Connect
Resources
Campus Directory
Offices
Registrar
Business Office
Refund Request Form
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
FAQ
Net Price Calculator
Student Payments
Book Voucher Request
Employment
Human Resources
Prospective Faculty
Employee Benefits
Job Listings
Information Technology
Computer Labs
Help Desk
Latest News Articles
Search