The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 3

"Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest who has (already) ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession (of faith in Him)" - Hebrews 4:14 (Amplified Bible).

One of the most comforting thoughts for the Christian is the fact that he has a representative in the Most Holy Place, the heavenly Tabernacle, the very throne-room of God. This representative is the Son of God himself! The bible refers to him as our Advocate. In other words he is like a Barrister who pleads our case in the heavenly court. This 'Advocate' function is a priestly function.

Every High Priest (under the Levitical system) was chosen from among men and appointed by men to act on behalf of men in things relating to God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. This he did on a daily basis. But once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest entered the Most Holy Place (the innermost sanctuary) where he made atonement for his sins and the sins of all the people. This was a temporary provision, until the High Priest appointed by God (Jesus) arrived to bring the work of atonement to completion.

We understand now that their services (performed under the Law), as mediators between God and his people, were merely a pattern of better things to come, a foreshadowing of what has its true existence and reality in the heavenly sanctuary. When Christ the Messiah appeared as the High Priest 'of the better things' he went once for all into the Holy of Holies in heaven. He entered into this place, not by virtue of the blood of a sacrificial animal (as the high priest did once every year) but with his own blood, "having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us)"[Heb.9: 12]. His work was that of a Great High Priest, unlike any other, being a perfectly acceptable and never to be repeated offering.

Whenever the High Priest entered into the presence of God he carried the names of the twelve tribes of Israel on his shoulders and on the 'breastplate of judgment' strapped to his chest "to bring them in continual remembrance before the Lord" (Ex 28:12 & 29).

Consider this: our Great High Priest Jesus carries our names on his shoulders and on his breastplate of righteousness as he presents us before the Father. This representation signifies our belonging to God. What could be more reassuring and comforting? Could we ever desire a more influential friend in high places?

This then ought to be our confession: In Christ alone I place my trust! I belong to Him. Therefore I am safe. I need no other to plead my case.



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