And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness.
On the annual Day of Atonement, the priest would send the scapegoat out of the camp. This goat was, of course, sinless, but it carried with it all the transgressions for all the Israelites for that entire year. The goat was sent out into the wilderness, as Jesus would be crucified outside Jerusalem. This covering for sin was only good for one year. The ceremony had to be repeated annually. Jesus changed all that. He is our Scapegoat, and He has taken our sins upon Himself, and away from us, once and for all. When we believe this, when we know this, we have no right to feel guilt over past transgressions that have already been forgiven. Jesus has done all this so we may live freely. When we choose to walk in this freedom, we honor the work of the cross. This blog post has been adapted from The KJV Prophecy Bible. You can learn more about it here.