Yom Kippur Scripture Meditations

Yom Kippur is a solemn day when Jewish people reflect on their sin from the past year. They come humbly before God seeking forgiveness and His favorable “sealing” for the coming year. Messianic Jews understand that Yeshua (Jesus) is our perfect high priest who sacrificed His own blood and took it into the heavenly Holy of Holies on our behalf. With His blood, He made complete atonement for us.

Here are some Scriptures to help as you worship God on Yom Kippur. May your day be filled with humility, genuine repentance, gratitude and awe.

Yeshua, your atonement

The Jewish roots of the New Covenant come alive in Hebrews chapters 7–10 as they reveal how Yeshua is our high priest, sacrifice and atonement.

Consider what your sin cost Yeshua

  • He humbled Himself to save you – Philippians 2:5–8

  • He suffered fear, anguish and pain for you – Luke 22:41–44. Luke 22:63–65, Isaiah 53

  • He was scarred more than any man – Isaiah 52:14

  • He willingly gave His life “for the joy set before Him”: your reconciliation to God – Hebrews 12:1–3

 

Meditate on what Jesus’ sacrifice acquired for you

  • Eternal life – John 3:16, 10:28

  • Abundant life – John 10:10

  • Peace with God – Romans 5:1

  • Redemption – Ephesians 1:7–8

  • Atonement – 1 John 2:2, 4:10

  • The righteousness of God – 2 Corinthians 5:21

  • You are a child of God – John 1:12

  • You are a new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • You cannot be separated from God’s love – Romans 8:35

  • You are sealed for eternity in God – 2 Corinthians 1:21–22, Ephesians 1:13–14

  • There is no longer any condemnation for you – Romans 8:1

 

Reflect on what Yeshua does for you

  • He never leaves you – Matthew 28:20

  • He intercedes for you – Hebrews 7:25

  • He empowers and strengthens you – Philippians 4:13

  • He heals you – 1 Peter 2:23–24, Isaiah 53:5

  • He helps you when you are tested – Hebrews 2:18

 

May you have a sacred and holy Yom Kippur.

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