The High Holy Day of Yom Kippur is the most holy day of the year. It is also a type and shadow picture of things to come, according to the LORD. So, let us look into a type and shadow of what happened when the Messiah was here in the flesh.
This feast was fulfilled by Y’shua Ha Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah) when He stood before Pontius Pilot who was the representative in Jerusalem of the authority of the known civilization of Earth to either set Him free or to put Him to death. Y’shua died for the sins of the world not only the Hebrews.
ALL MESSIANIC PROPHECIES AND THE FEASTS OF YaHoVaH WERE FULFILLED WITH REGARD TO REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW Y’SHUA, (who is the Way), MADE THE WAY FOR FUTURE FULFILLMENTS.
Additionally, the Feasts of the Lord are types and shadow pictures of things to come, so are not necessarily fulfilled to the very day or hour.
The Roman Empire ruled the world at this time and Pilot was the representative of that Empire’s authority in Jerusalem. Y’shua responded to Pilot when he questioned Him, I believe, because He recognized this authority. However, Y’shua told Pilot that he only had what power he had because His Father gave it to him!
This was YaHoVaH’s plan unfolding because the sacrifice of His Son was for the whole of mankind! The Cohen HaGadol of Israel, would not be YaHoVaH’s choice for this fulfillment of the Day of Atonement because he would only have the authority for (and the heart for) the Jewish people and not for all of mankind. YaHoVaH desires that none should perish but that all would have everlasting life.
Leviticus 16:8-10 (KJV)
8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.
10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
Y’shua took the sins of the world upon Himself. He gave His life to atone for the death penalty put upon us all.
Pilot announced that he had the authority to release one prisoner to honor the High Holy Day of the Jews. Then, Pilot called for them to bring out Barabbas. Barabbas was an enemy of Rome and was a murderer.
Barabbas was decreed to die that day. He was a vile criminal and one of the worst. Pilot was trying to listen to his wife who had a dream regarding Messiah. She said not to harm him. Pilot thought that if he gave the crowd the choice of releasing Barabbas or Messiah Y’shua, they’d choose Y’shua.
So then Pilot asked if they should release Barabbas or Y’shua (Jesus). The crowd screamed to crucify Y’shua and set Barabbas free. Now here is the real beauty of this passage to bring it to full understanding and clarity:
The name Barabbas means, son of the Father. Bar Abbas. Here we have a murderer, on death row who is named– “son of the father” and Y’SHUA THE Son of THE Father-sinless and blameless and who was the fullness of the Godhead bodily! They are standing on either side of Pilate. After the crowd chooses, they blessed Barabbas and sent him on his way, (the Scapegoat) and then Pilate said pointing to Y’shua, “I find no fault in him!” And then after Barabbas was released Pilot said of Y’shua, “Behold the man!” (In the O.T. the High Priest said, “Behold the ram.”)
Now we see that Barabbas is released in his sinful state. He is like us. He should have died that day for his crimes. But, Y’shua who is sinless took it all on Himself. They didn’t have to put anything upon Him. Even though Barabbas was a picture of the scapegoat, Y’shua took the sins. He took it all upon Himself.
So, they crucified the Lord which was the atonement for the sins of the world and at exactly 3pm He gave up the Ghost! THIS God/man sacrifice took away the sins of the world! Not only a covering-but TOOK THE SINS OF THE WORLD COMPLETELY AWAY!