Evening, April 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.” — Leviticus 1:4
The act of the Lord “being made sin for us” is set forth here by the very significant transfer of sin to the bull, which was made by the elders of the people. The laying of the hand was not a mere touch of contact, for in some other places of Scripture the original word has the meaning of leaning heavily, as in the expression, “Your wrath has rested upon me, and You have afflicted me with all Your waves” (Psalm 88:7). Surely this is the very essence and nature of faith, which does not only bring us into contact with the great Substitute, but teaches us to lean upon him with all the burden of our guilt. Jehovah made all the offenses of his covenant people to rest upon the head of the Substitute, but each one of the chosen is brought personally to ratify this solemn covenant act, when by grace he is enabled by faith to lay his hand upon the head of the “Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.” Believer, do you remember that joyous day when you first realized pardon through Jesus the sin-bearer? Can you not make a glad confession, and join with the writer in saying, “My soul recalls her day of deliverance with delight. Laden with guilt and full of fears, I saw my Savior as my Substitute, and I laid my hand upon him; oh, how timidly at first! But courage grew and confidence was confirmed until I leaned my soul entirely upon him; and now it is my unceasing joy to know that my sins are no longer imputed to me, but laid on him, and like the debts of the wounded traveler, Jesus, like the good Samaritan, has said of all my future sinfulness, Set that to my account.'” Blessed discovery! Eternal comfort of a grateful heart!
“My numerous sins transferr’d to him,
Shall never more be found,
Lost in his blood’s atoning stream,
Where every crime is drown’d!”