Everyone on earth has sinned and deserves eternal separation from God. We all face a gaping chasm we are unable to bridge on our own—the chasm between a holy God and a sinful human. In the Old Testament, two goats and a “fit man” were needed to provide temporary forgiveness of sin. What was the role of the fit man? What does the fit man mean to us today? When you understand the fit man, your life changes forever…

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his name shall be called Jesus for he

shall save his people from their sin the

penalty of sin the bondage of sin the

addiction of sin the old things have

passed away and I am a new creation

because Jesus made me CrossFit Leviticus

the sixteenth chapter verse eight then

Aaron shall cast lots for two goats one

lot for the Lord and the other for the


I’ll stop there for the sake of time and

then go over to verse 21 and Aaron shall

lay hands on the hurt on the head of the

live goat everybody say the live goat

and confess over the iniquities of the

children of Israel and all the

transgressions concerning their sins

putting them on the head of the goat and

shall send it away into the wilderness

by the hand of a fit man the King James

says a fit man or the translation I was

reading says it’s suitable I like the

wording of the King James a fit a fit

man the fitness industry is a twenty

seven billion dollar industry I shared

this little information during the fast

but I want to now apply it to a message

to lean in for a moment but 80% of those

who join at the beginning of a new year

a fitness center will quit by the second

week of February February though dropout

fitness centers sell memberships on the

expectation this is pretty remarkable

that only eighteen percent will continue

to use them beyond February and if

everybody showed up who has memberships

they would not be able to contain the

people but they know they just know

statistically people get excited about

the idea of being fit but it just

doesn’t last only one percent lasts a

year in a fitness center only one in


we’ll go longer than a month so you buy

it and you sign up and you’re in and

you’re excited for a max of about three

to four weeks listen to this those who

sign up and join a fitness center but

never go are a fitness centers best

customer the elaborate machinery the

sleek sexy TV commercials that if you

buy this piece of equipment or you join

this fitness club you’ll get that

sculpted body that’ll make you the envy

of everybody around you and yet most

people if we told the truth are in love

with the idea of being fit but we lack

the discipline that it takes and I’m

saying we so smile we lack the

discipline that it takes to really be

fit only 18 percent will use that

Fitness membership more than a couple of

months and then they just fall away it’s

a good idea we think to be a fit man but

we lack the discipline in this scripture

something amazing is taking place there

is a search going on for a fit or

suitable man for a certain task that is

critically critically important it means

blessing or curse it means life or death

it means incredible good things

happening to families are bad bad things

happening to families under the Old

Covenant it’s the day of atonement

atonement means to appease to forgive to

pardon to purge to cancel out at 1 min

is how atonement is spelled that that

somehow there’s something that’s going

to be done on this day that will make

people who are far from God at 1 meant

with God again get God back to man he

said you are to take two goats the high

priest is to take two goats on the day

of atonement and offer

a sin-offering it took two goats one was

not sufficient it was one offering but

it required two goats and I’m going to

tell you why the first goat was called

the Lord’s goat everybody say the Lord’s

go the reason it was called the Lord’s

goat is it was offered as a sacrifice

for sin it had to meet the price of the

justice of God and God had said the soul

that sins must die secondly without the

shedding of blood there is no remission

of sins so the first goat had to die it

had to die it’s blood had to be shed and

so they would kill it and it represented

taking an offering sin offering and and

forgiveness of sin for every sin that

was committed then there was the second

goat that was called the scape goat as

sca PE we would call it the escape the

escape goat and this is an interesting

scene and I want you to picture it in

your mind the high priest would get with

every family and it would take sometimes

weeks and weeks and months leading up to

the big day of atonement when the animal

one would die and one would be set free

and and what he would do with the living

goat is the families would come one by

one and present themselves to the high

priest and they would confess out loud

every sin they had committed over the

past 12 months the children the parents

the grandparents you can imagine this

confession service where all the people

were standing around it produced a

certain amount of anxiety and I’m sure

embarrassment among the people imagine

how husband’s were looking at wives you

did what and wise we’re looking at

husbands and taking wedding bands off

and and children were looking at their

parents you did what what kind of

parents are you and then children were

confessing out loud while that was

happening why was that necessary let’s


this is the goat the escape goat the

high priest would lay his hands on the

head of that goat transferring

everything they were confessing out of

their mouth through his hands into that

goat that goat was taking every sin that

family had committed and they would

stand there until they had completely

confessed to him every sin they could

think of and I’m sure that there were

tears and I’m sure that there were

sorrows and I’m sure that there was

weeping the priest would lay his hands

on that goat transferring the sins into

that goat and then the goat would be

taken by a fit man he had not just any

man he had to be a fit man because of

the task the task was very very not any

man would do not any man could handle it

not any man not not any man could just

survive the wilderness experience

because he had to take it so far away

that he could never find its way back it

would bring a tremendous curse on the

people if the goat that all of the sins

of the camp had been transferred onto

somehow came back it would be the

tragedy of tragedies so catch it the

first goat had to shed its blood and die

and it was used for forgiveness of sin

but the second goat was used for the

removal of sin freedom from sin the

release from sin separation from sin it

was taken away I just need to preach

that it’s not enough to come to Jesus

and get your sins forgiven there is that

this is why the death and resurrection

of Jesus Christ is so powerful because

it took two animals one had to die and

one had to live you had to have the

blood of the sacrifice er and you had to

have the life of the liberator to take

the sin away and look at look at my

Jesus he dies as the sacrifice er but

three days later he rises back to life

as the liberator

and says I can take you I can take this

out of your

you don’t have to be bound to see it I’m

glad you got forgiveness of sin but you

can be free from addiction free from

condemnation free from shame and guilt

free from alcoholism somebody’s watching

me by television and you’ve almost

wanted to put a gun to your brain

because the enemy’s told you you can

never be free but Jesus cannot only

forgive your sin he whom the Sun sets

free is free indeed he can liberate you

from sin somebody give God praise if you

believe it’s the truth let me give you

an illustration of what I’m talking

about see I could back up in the parking

lot and I could hit your car and mess

your car up and you could say to me if

you were a nice person pastor it’s okay

I forgive you I have a bad dent in my

fender but I forgive you you don’t have

to pay for it you are forgiven that’s

what the first goat did but the dent is

still there but if there was some way

that I could not only be forgiven of it

but somehow the dent could be taken out

and taken away how awesome would that be

this is what Jesus did for you when he

died and rose from the grave when you

get to heaven they’ll open the books and

there will be no proof nothing there but

the blood of Jesus that has cleanse you

from all your sins and the proof is gold

the death is gone


the first goat was to forgive you for it

the second goat was to separate you from

it I’m glad you gave your heart to the

Lord but if you went right back to what

you were doing living just like you were

living you have not experienced the

Savior in his fullness when you really

get saved there is separation there are

things that leave your life if you

didn’t if you didn’t lose nothing you

didn’t you didn’t get nothing if you

didn’t leave nothing you didn’t get

nothing you don’t get saved to stay in

the field that you were rescued out of

that separation matters and so there’s a

search trying to find a fit man who can

escort the goat so far into the

wilderness fit man who who nobody will

would never told the name of a fit man

even though this ceremony happened once

a year so you have to decide if you’re

gonna be fit or famous sometimes you

can’t be famous and popular and be a fit

man sometimes you can’t be a fit father

and be famous with your kids because

sometimes you know a higher good and

because you know a higher good that

their youth and inexperience doesn’t

know you have to be willing to be

perceived as a bad father but really

you’re being a good father because you

know the higher good sometimes God is

perceived as being a bad God but but but

he who knows everything sees a higher

good he’s working and even when when it

looks like he’s a bad god he’s really a

good God cause he knows where

everything’s gonna end up in the end

and and so and so they’re looking we’ve

got to find a fit man not a famous man

not a player

we need a fit man we need a man who is

fit he won’t get any praise he won’t get

any honor his name will never be

mentioned but he will be he will be fit

the word fit means suited for the task

proper and decent capable of surviving

the environment ready and willing to

sacrifice morally mentally physically

sound headed into the wilderness with a

goat that carried all the sins of the

people and the whole thing was upon him

to get that goat so lost that it could

never with its instinct find its way

back to where it bent it had been so

well taken care of

he’s going into a lonely land

he’s not going to be famous he’s going

to be lonely he’s going into a land of

thirst and hunger and fatigue it’s

wearisome it’s a wilderness experience

and God says that’s the kind of man that

I need I don’t need a famous man I don’t

need any man any man won’t do I gotta

have some fit men we need some fit men

we need some fit fathers we need some

fit mothers we need some fit preachers

we need some fit people who who are

willing to walk through the wilderness

and willing to do things that other

people aren’t willing to do because they

want to please the Lord

a man who would find his way back home

after he got the goat lost because if

you’re not careful it’s possible to lose

yourself while you’re trying to help

somebody else he’s got to bear the goat

and take it so far away and why are you

trying to help everybody else with their

stuff you’re losing yourself a man who

could get the sin bearing goat lost

without getting himself lost in the

process how important the great

of Horus would be a fat goat and

that sin made its way back to that

family to that camp the chief concern

for a fit man was his family was his

children was his home was his people all

of the blood of atonement would be

wasted if it comes back and so many

times we ask God for forgiveness of sin

and his shed blood and death has paid

for that forgiveness of sin but then

there comes this thing of being filled

enough with the Holy Spirit that we get

liberated from sin and we puts in a

separate way from us this little thing

of just praying a prayer and then live

in any way you want to folks that is not

Bible salvation salvation requires

separation from iniquity and wickedness

and evil and known sin and transgression

the fit man really needed to love God he

had to be trusted he didn’t need to be

unfit meaning not morally and mentally

suitable lacking good judgment couldn’t

stand the pressure of a hostile

environment if you’re fit man you can

get in a hostile environment but it

doesn’t change who you are you can go to

the office party and everybody can be

doing whatever they’re doing and you go

in there and you do your thing because

you need to do it but it doesn’t change

who you are wherever you go you’re a fit

man you don’t want those goats to come

back because if they come back they’re

gonna find your children and it’s gonna

get greater than Amis bondage is gonna

get greater on that house you don’t want

that stuff back get get the goats away

from my family was the cry of the end of

the fit man Locke was an unfit man lot

would not separate himself from Sodom

and Gomorrah even though their sins

vexed him he would not put any distance

between he and his faith

from iniquity and the Bible said he lost

his wife and she turned into a pillar of

salt lost his two children he failed two

horrible sexual immorality all of that

because a man was unfit I’ve been

preaching all of that to get to where I

am right now the tragedy and the truth

is this in the Old Testament there was

never a fit man who was strong enough to

keep that goat away from the camp every

year it would come back or they would

have to do it all over again they could

never completely remove it all they

would do is go through the routine again

and it would come back and they would

send it out and it would come back and

they would send it out once a year once

a year once a year but something begins

to happen the Old Testament is a shadow

of better things to come and just as

they were searching for a fit man God

the Father sat on the throne and he

looked down and he said the priest can’t

fix it the blood of goats and lambs

can’t fix it Hebrew said the blood of

goats and lambs it’s not possible that

it can take away the sins of the people

I need me a fit man wonder can I find an

angel this worthy can’t find an angel

can I find Abraham no he lied can I find

David know he was an adulterer is there

anybody in heaven worthy is there any

fit men then Jeremiah takes the

telescope of prophecy and looks down and

he gives a prophecy says I see something

coming on the earth and in those days

sins shall be salt for but not found

he said there’s coming a day there’s

coming a day when their sins will be

taken so far away that it won’t keep

coming back and coming back and cursing

and cursing but there will be a fit man

who will show up on planet earth and he

will forever remove David got an insight

and he said let me tell you what this

fit man comings going to do he said as

far as the east is from the west so far

has he removed our transgressions from


if you’da said North Pole to South Pole

you could measure that but he said east

to west there’s no measuring that and he

said there’s somebody coming I don’t

know his name I don’t know who he is but

there’s gonna be such a fit man that

he’s not just gonna forgive the sin by

his death and by his blood but he’s

gonna by his life his resurrection take

the sin away and though men might seek

for it it will never be found again

guess who I’m preaching about I’m

preaching about your Jesus he’s gonna be

fit here’s the title of my little sermon

I’ve been so excited to give you this

time he’s CrossFit I’ll get happy over

that you know you


that’s my Jesus his name shall be called

Jesus for he shall save his people from

their sin the penalty of sin the bondage

of sin the addiction of sin he’ll give

them the release of sin there’ll be new

creations the old things have passed

away that’s gone the old me is over and

I am a new creation because Jesus made

me CrossFit I got the fit man in me and

he makes me fit enough to say no to the

rome and yes to the right give God a big

praise if you believe it took two goats

in the Old Testament but it only took

one lamb in the New Testament John the

Baptist said behold the lamb of God that

takes away sins of the world I’m

preaching today a radical gospel I’m

telling you that when you truly get

CrossFit you’re not satisfied to just

ask for forgiveness and let the thing

come back and come back and come back

but there is something in you when the

fit man fills you with his glory and

with his power it says I want you Holy

Spirit to take this out of me take this

addiction out of me take this fear out

of me take this torment out of me take

this suicide spirit out of me and take

it away and I don’t ever want it to find

me again and Jesus you’ll never be fit

enough with willpower

you’ll never be strong enough with I’m

gonna try to be a good person again

you gotta get the few must be born again

you got to get the fit man

new then he’ll change you on the inside

there’s a king in the Bible by the name

of Ahaz and his father and his father’s

father wicked wicked wicked wicked

wicked the Bible said that they they

caused their children to pass through

the fire they burned children to demon

gods as human sacrifices and a has who

was a a child sacrifice idol worshiper

had a boy named Hezekiah and Hezekiah

had an encounter with his God and just

because your father was not a fit man or

your grandfather or your mother or your

grandmother just because they never did

right here’s the beauty of this thing

Hezekiah was raised in a family of demon

worshippers witchcraft sorcery offering

children’s blood is sacrificed to demons

gods but Hezekiah said just because they

weren’t fit doesn’t mean I can’t be fit

just because they couldn’t hold their

marriages together and all they had was

addiction in prison and bondage and

death and nobody wins and nobody’s happy

and nobody I am not under the curse I am

under the blessing and a blessing starts

here and now because I’m CrossFit I

surrender to Jesus I take up my cross

and he says I’ll bless you and the curse

can’t come back to your house those

goats are gone forever shout now if you

believe what I’m preaching

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again I need the Lord

I need something beyond my natural help

I need supernatural help I need the

power of God the power of Christ open

your heart letting me in pray this

prayer say Jesus just say that name

there’s power and that name Jesus I give

you my life I give you my future I’m

expecting powerful wonderful things that

you’re going to do and right now I give

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you’re my deliverer you’re my king and I

give you my life in Jesus mighty name

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