Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday: The Tabernacle, The Cross, The Holy of Holies

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Good Friday: The Tabernacle, The Cross, The Holy of Holies
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How fitting that our Wednesday night study of the Old Testament Tabernacle ended just a few days before Easter. Sadly, in all my years of church attendance, I’ve read about the tabernacle, but I’ve never studied it. Now, I have such a greater understanding of the tabernacle and its contents: the court, the alter of sacrifice, the wash basin, the holy place, the lampstand, the table of the presence, the alter of incense, and the Ark of the Covenant which resided behind the holy veil – the Holy of Holies where God met personally with the high priests. 

Good Friday:  The Tabernacle, The Cross, and the Holy of Holies

On this Good Friday, everything I learned about the Old Testament Tabernacle becomes more personal for me – and for you. This is the day, the ultimate sacrifice was made on our behalf. At the moment of Jesus’ death, at God’s command, the veil of the temple (tabernacle) was torn revealing the Holy of Holies – the Ark, the mercy seat – where God dwelt and met formerly with only the high priests descended from Aaron.

At that moment, Jesus became our High Priest. 

By His blood, for those who have received Him, we can go past the outer courts, past the alter of sacrifice, past the wash basin, into the Holy Place – past the lampstand, past the Table of the Presence, past the alter of incense – and because the veil was torn, straight into the Holy of Holies. 

I wish everyone a blessed Easter weekend as we reflect on this gift.
And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. – Matthew 27:51  

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