The Bible describes Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement as most solemn, a time of introspection and repentance. Only on Yom Kippur could the High Priest enter the most sacred part of the sanctuary, and only he could enter. There after making a sacrifice for himself, he brought the blood from the sacrifice made for the people. On this day atonement was made for the whole nation.
Messianic significance abounds. The Haftorah portion on Yom Kippur is the book of Jonah, the prophet who spent three days in the belly of a large fish before emerging. When Yeshua was challenged to provide evidence for His Messiahship, he pointed to the example of Jonah (Matthew 12:39-40). He used Jonah as a picture of his own death and resurrection.
Paul writes of a time in the future when all Israel will be redeemed and will have atonement. (Romans 11:26) The prophet Zechariah (12:10, 13:9) also predicted this time of national redemption.
As we await this day, we celebrate Yom Kippur by thanking God for the atonement we have available through Yeshua, and by praying that more of our people will recognize and accept him as their atonement.