Which life died on the cross?
“From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. Then he is to take the two goats and presents them before the Lord at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats – one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat.” Leviticus 16:5, 7, 8, NIV. The two goats represent, symbolically, Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha; because, Jesus Christ was both, the sacrifice for sin and the scapegoat while He hung on the cross at Golgotha. Two goats were needed because one goat could not be both the sacrifice for sin and the one sent alive into the desert.
Aaron had to take the blood of the goat chosen for the Lord and sprinkle it on the mercy seat thus, symbolically, removing the sin from the sinners. The body of the goat selected for the Lord had to be burned outside the city wall – “outside the camp.” Similarly, Jesus Christ “laid down,” or He separated His perfect life from His body and thus, He made His life a sacrifice for sin. The human spirit, the human life, cannot function without the body God made for it. The body of Jesus Christ was crucified outside the city wall – “outside the camp.” “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.” Hebrews 13:12, NIV. By removing the sin of the sinners through the body of Jesus Christ, God justified the sinners. By separating His life from His body, Jesus made His life the “goat for the Lord,” the sacrifice for sin. Also, having our life of sin, and the sin itself, die forever in His body, made Jesus the “goat for the Azazel,” the “scapegoat.”
After completing the service inside the temple, the earthly priest had to get outside and confess the sins of the people on the “scapegoat” thus, symbolically, transfer the sins on the scapegoat. It was so with Jesus. God placed on Him the sin of the humankind. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV. “…and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6, NIV. By putting into Jesus our sin and our life of sin, which could not be separated, God subjected our life of sin to eternal death, by abandoning Jesus on the cross. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” Isaiah 54:7, NIV. By abandoning Jesus on the cross at Golgotha, God sent our sin and our sinful life into the eternal Abyss from where it could never come back and count against us again.