One wonders how many have used the term “scapegoat” without knowing its true significance. Most have a sense of what it means—a person blamed for the wrongs of another or one chosen for punishment to satisfy a need for public justice even though they haven’t done the wrong. We equate the scapegoat with the “fall guy” or the “whipping boy.” Though these connections resonate with some of the purpose of the scapegoat, they miss much of the richness of what the goat truly represented. Before we look closely at what the term “scapegoat” actually means, let us examine what was placed upon it.
When sin crops up in our lives (and it will), we don’t need to deny it or hide it. We need to bring it out into the light of the Son by confessing it. When we ask the Father to forgive our sins for Christ’s sake, He is faithful and just to forgive us of all unrighteousness. Once the sin sacrifice has been offered, we need to proceed to the burnt offering, consecrating ourselves to God.
“Let not sin…reign.” All we have to do to give sin the upper hand in our lives is nothing. If we are simply passive, we will let sin reign. We cannot afford to be passive about sin. We need to take a proactive stand against it.
the blood of Jesus Christ has loosed us from sin and its consequences of death and division and has opened up to us the revelation of God’s ultimate destiny for us—which is to reign with Him as priests in the kingdom of God.
The purchase of blood is Christianity 101, a foundational truth of our faith that we need to understand. If you have been in the faith for a long time, you might not find much new here. But it would grieve me not to remind you of these things. And as we proceed, you may find that your foundation could use some shoring up.