Faith and the team prepared a beautiful service of familiar readings, carols and poems.
Pastor Malcolm has been working through the Bible this session and he very cleverly linked the book of Leviticus with the Christmas story.
Leviticus 1 v 1 says, “The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.”
Malcolm reminded us that God wants to dwell in the midst of His people and invites us to come into His presence. The problem is that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
In Leviticus, perfect animals were sacrificed to pay the price for sin. The sin of the people of Israel was transferred onto a goat to be sent out of the camp to carry away the people’s sin in order make them clean and acceptable in God’s sight. That is why we have the word scapegoat today.
Jesus is our GOAT! – ‘the Greatest Of All Time’ – our scapegoat, because He carried our sin far away ‘once and for all’ when He died on the cross.
Leviticus points to Jesus. At Christmas, Jesus became ‘Emmanuel’ – God with us. He came close for an eternal reason – to reconcile us to God.