Yom Kippur begins at sundown Tuesday and ends at sundown Wednesday. The Jews consider Yom Kippur, also known as the 'Day of Atonement' to be the holiest day of the year. It is a time of personal reflection and prayer - a day to draw closer to God. It is also a day of reconciliation when Jews strive to make amends with others. The Day of Atonement was the day the high priest went into the Holy of Holies each year to offer a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the accumulated sins of the people. In Hebrews 9 we are told that Christ entered the Holy of Holies once for all and offered his own blood as a sacrifice for his people. This made the ritual of the Day of Atonement, which was just a shadow of things to come, obsolete. The Gospels tell us that the curtain between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place split open at the moment of Christ's death in proof that the final and perfect atonement for sin had been made. So, although the ritual is obsolete, does it mean that we should no longer recognize this holiest of days? I think not. Yom Kippur should be a reminder of what Christ has done for us- how Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice of our sins. It should be a day of repentance, prayer and fasting. Additionally, Yom Kippur points to the day of the Second Coming of Messiah when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they "look upon Him whom they have pierced," repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah.
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Heb 9:11-12 NLT
Pastor Frank Dodson