The ritual of passing all the sins
of humanity onto Jesus. In the Old Testament, atonement was the
passing on of sin to a sacrifice by the laying on of hands on its
head. In the New Testament, it means the baptism of Jesus by John
the Baptist. In Hebrew and Greek, this word means the passing of
sin onto Jesus Christ so that sinners may enter the right relationship
with God. The New Testament illustrates the offering for atonement
well: the baptism of Jesus and His death on the Cross.
In the Old Testament: The word
'atonement' is used almost 100 times in the Old Testament and
it is always expressed as (ex. Leviticus 23:27, 25:9, Numbers 5:8)
'kaphar' in Hebrew (usually written as 'make an atonement').
Atonement is a translation of a Hebrew word signifying the passing
on of sins by the laying on of hands on the head of a live goat
and confessing over it all the iniquities of the Israelites (Leviticus
In the New Testament: Atonement
is related to the Aramaic 'kpr' which means to cover. This
means the baptism of redemption of Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus
came to this world and was baptized at the age of 30 to fulfill
the salvation of all humanity.