Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Lev 6:29 All the males among the priests shall eat thereof [the sin offering]: it is most holy.
Lev 7:6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof [the trespass†or guilt offering]: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.
Lev 10:17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?
Psa 110:4 Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
It is a time honored principle that a leader bears some responsibility for the behavior of his subordinates. In eating the sin and guilt offerings, the priests symbolically (and possibly in some real, tangible way) took the sins of the penitent into themselves. They took responsibility before God so that the people could be reconciled to him.
Yeshua’s sacrifice, being an order of magnitude greater than any animal sacrifice, and being offered on the altar in Heaven, opened the door for all of us to surrender our guilt to him.†We have but to trust in God and make our allegiance to him.
No other†human sacrifice would have been sufficient. Every blood sacrifice must be perfect. Yeshua, the Son of God, is a King-Priest like Melchizedek, and he is perfect and sinless, and he gave up his life willingly. Another person’s death would†have been†ineffective for the purpose of atonement, so it would†have been†murder and nothing else. Yeshua’s death was murder, but it enabled our salvation. Like rescuing an animal on the Sabbath, it was†a choice between which action effects the greater reconciliation of man to God: preventing one murder or enabling the salvation of billions. In shedding his perfect blood, he took all of our sins, whether intentional or not, upon himself.