Where Forgiveness Is Found – Hebrews 13:13

“Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” Unlike most other Old Testament offerings, the tabernacle priests could not eat the meat of the sin offering from the Day of Atonement. The body of that sacrificial animal was burned outside the camp (see Leviticus 16:27). Because Jesus’ sacrifice was an atonement for sin, once and for all, Jesus suffered “outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood” (vs. 12). Thus, we don’t receive atonement through religious ceremonies or by doing good deeds, but we find forgiveness and redemption “outside the camp” at the cross of Jesus! We should, therefore, leave behind the love of this world and the desire for its approval by enduring the same contempt by this world that Jesus suffered. Our endurance of the contempt of this world is based on the realization that we are only sojourners in this world en route to our eternal residence: “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (vs. 14).

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