Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2:17-18 ESV
1 John 2:1-2 tells us, My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. The Greek word for atonement is ‘hiloskomai’, meaning to propitiate. Christ is “the propitiation,” because by his becoming our substitute and assuming our obligations he expiated (paid for, redressed, redeemed, offset, our guilt), covered it-by the vicarious(substitute) punishment which he endured.
Leader, Norman Geisler writes, “One of the most important expressions of salvation is the word atonement, translated from the Hebrew ‘kaphar’. Literally, kaphar means; “to cover”, but it also carries a broader meaning of “expiation, condoning, wiping away, placating, or canceling. The Authorized Version translates kaphar as: To appease, to disannul, to forgive, to be merciful, to pacify, to pardon, to purge, to put off, and to reconcile. The key thoughts are TO COVER OVER in God’s eyes, and\or “To Wipe Away”.”
Conduit, see Psalm 103:14, God knows our need- He knows our Frame! God knew us before we were born! See (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 71:6, Isaiah 44:24, 49:15). Romans 3:10 tells us, No one is righteous–not even one and Romans 3:23 tells us; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. As you can see HUMANITY is in need of atonement-MERCY! Romans 5:12 says, Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. I have heard that “Mercy” in many forms, is in the Bible over 340 times. Whether it is 100 or 300 undoubtedly this is a KEY PURPOSE for the incarnate LIFE of CHRIST. Will you accept HIS free gift of MERCY? You will ONLY IF, you know YOU NEED IT and UNDERSTAND, it is AVAILABLE through JESUS!