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The Sacrificial Lamb

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The two goats were symbolic of the events that happened leading up to the resurrection of Christ. During the feast of the Passover, it was the custom for the governor to release a prisoner that the people chose. The two prisoners that they had to select from were Jesus and Barabbas.

The people chose Barabbas, and he was released to the multitude. He bore the guilt of the people’s decision plus he was a notorious criminal and was guilty.

The people shouted to Pilate that they wanted Jesus to be crucified. Thus, the innocent man who was sinless became the sacrificial Lamb to die for the sins of the people (Matthew 27:15-26).

 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. (Leviticus 16:16)

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