Remembering Christ and the Atonement

I watched my sacrament meeting service playing a form or spiritual tennis with my kids, which entails going from one side to the next saying… shhh, put that down, shhh, stop that, shhh.   Yet, through it all, our ward put on a meaningful presentation on Easter Sunday.  Our ward played more music and had one less speaker this Sunday which made for an inspired choice.  While I missed one speaker I did get most of the second.  Which was nice, you have to consider I was alone with six kids ranging from 9 months to almost 12.

I think adding violin music, a solo and normal hymns added a certain something to help one think clearly about Christ.  I am not sure what it is but I just felt that way today.

One of the speakers today described something of Atonement as a word.  She discussed the word At-One-Ment.  But she also brought up something else.  The original Hebrew word is Kaphar. 

Apparently Kophar according to this site is as follows:

A primitive root; to cover (specifically with bitumen); figuratively, to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel — appease, make (an atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile(-liation).

It was interesting to note that Atonement could also be a covering, in the sense in the talk the sister mentioned that it also referred to covering sheep but I could see nothing to say that specifically.

Yet at the same time it is interesting to note the idea of the Atonement covering one’s sins.  Jews on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur was viewed as a day to clean yourself before God.  It was a day that you refrain from eating and fast you lower your own passions as a last ditch attempt to show your cleanliness before the beginning of the new year.  It also symbolized the end of the year and the noting in the book of life by God of your actions.

For Jews it is their most sacred day, including the Passover, because it is their day to appeal for their sins.

Anyway some thoughts to think on for Easter Sunday.


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