The word atonement in the Bible is a big word. It means to pay for the penalty of someone else's sin. For example, every time a soccer defender hit the soccer ball with his hand intentionally in the 18-yard box, the referee will always give a penalty kick to the opponent's team. The defender broke the rule of the game; as a result, his team is penalized. The nation of Israel sinned against God by worshipping idols and following other gods. They had forsaken the ways of the LORD because they wanted to have their ways apart from God. As a result, God judged them. However, because of His love for his people, Israel, He made an atonement for them through animal sacrifices.
Similarly, the penalty of our sin is death (Romans 6:23). We deserve to die because of our sin; however, God saved us from death by paying our sin with His own life. The amazing thing about our Lord Jesus is that He sacrificed His life for us so that He could save us from our sins. There is no other god that does this. The other gods or idols want people to sacrifice things to them in order for them to be accepted. Not so with our Lord Jesus. He sacrificed His life for us so that we could be accepted by God. Jesus had done it all for us. All we have to do is to believe in Him. Always remember that Jesus loves us. He gave His life for our sins.
Take time to thank the Lord for His atoning sacrifice. We would never be saved apart from His sacrifice. Thank Him for His love.
Lord Jesus, thank you for sacrificing your life for me. Thank you for loving me. I have a new life in you because of what you have done. May you continue to draw my heart closer to you so that I may know you more and walk in your ways. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.