Lev 16:20 “And when he has made an end of providing reconciliation for the Holy Place and the conference tent and the altar, he will present the live goat.
Lev 16:21 And Aaron will lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the violations of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their mistakes. And he will put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is standing ready.
Lev 16:22 The goat will carry all their violations on itself to a remote area, and he will let the goat go free in the wilderness.
sending away the other goat
National sin was dealt with by means of the two goats: One was sacrificed, the other sent away, bearing the sins upon it. By this ritual the people understood that they needed more than just forgiveness. Justification (even by the death of the sacrifice) was not enough. God cannot tolerate sin. It must be driven away.
If you think simply asking Jesus to come into your heart is all God wants of you, remember the second goat. Remember that Jesus is returning to this earth as the King of kings. He is coming back for his spotless bride, for his holy people. He is coming back for a people who have sent their sins away. Granted, we cannot do this of our own strength. That is why Jesus gave us his Holy Spirit.
LORD, give us the courage to send away of our sinful habits, and live in the purity of your coming kingdom.