Pericope: Leviticus 16:20-22
One of the greatest things we can do in life is capitalize on the opportunity to help others on their journey. As Christians, we have been commissioned by Christ to carry one another’s burdens. Carrying burdens of others is often exhausting but proves to be one the greatest opportunities for preaching the Kingdom of God. In Leviticus 16, the stipulations were given for the Day of Atonement. On that day, 2 Goats were presented to God. By casting lots, one goat was chose to be offered as a sacrifice for sin. The other goat became the scapegoat. It escaped death. They both had a unique role. The goat of sacrifice provided atonement for God’s people. On the scapegoat’s head, the priest would lay hands. He would confess the sins of the entire community and “impute” them to the goat. The goat was sent out into the wilderness were it would eventually die, and it would carry the sins of the community with it. Thus, the sins of the community were removed from the camp of Israel. To me, this is beautiful imagery of the work of Christ on the cross. He became the sacrifice of atonement and he also had the sins of the world imputed on him as he suffered the wrath of God. Christ, in the most ulitmate and complete way, carried the sins of the world. He carried our burdens of sin so that we may be free to enjoy God in his community! Now I have the unique privilege of telling others about this ministry of Christ, thus being a tool that God will use to carry the burdens of others. The greatest concern I have now is what it would look like for me to carry another’s burdens? How can I love others in the best way so that I may share Christ?