The Tabernacle was
the shadow of Jesus Christ who has forgiven the sins of the Israelites
and everyone who believes in Him. Our Lord was the very owner of
the Tabernacle. And He was the Savior who has blotted out everyone's
sins all at once, and at the same time, the sacrificial offering
itself for all mankind.
Although the people
of Israel sinned everyday, by laying their hands on of the head
of the unblemished sacrificial animal in the Tabernacle's court
according to the sacrificial system, they could pass their sins
onto the offering. This is how anyone who believed in ministry of
the priests and the sacrificial offering given according to the
sacrificial system could all receive the remission of sin, washing
away their sins and turned as white as snow. Likewise, by believing
in the baptism and sacrifice of Jesus, the true substance of the
Tabernacle, the people of Israel and those of us who are Gentiles
have all been clothed in the blessing of the remission of all our
sins and of living with the Lord forever.
Not only the Israelites,
but all the Gentiles also can be freed from all their sins only
by believing in Jesus, the Lord of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle
teaches us what the gift of the remission of sin that God has given
to everyone is. As such, the Tabernacle itself was the very substance
of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has become the
Savior of sinners. Every sinner, whoever he/she is, can become sinless
just by believing in the baptism of Jesus, His blood on the Cross,
and the truth that He is God Himself. We can be delivered from God's
judgment by our faith in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread-in
other words, by believing in the baptism of Jesus, His blood, and
His divinity. Jesus is the gate to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Acts 4:12 says, "Nor
is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved." No one
else but Jesus can save all the people from their sins. There is
no Savior apart from Jesus. John 10:9 says, "I am the door.
If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out
and find pasture." 1 Timothy 2:5 says, "For there
is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ
Jesus;" and Matthew 3:15 says, "But Jesus answered
and said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting
for us to fulfill all righteousness.'" All these verses
testify to this truth.
Jesus came to this
earth in the flesh of a man, and by receiving His baptism (blue
thread) and shedding His blood (scarlet thread), He has save sinners.
As such, Jesus has become the door of salvation for all sinners.
Just as the gate of the Tabernacle's court was woven of blue, purple,
and scarlet thread, Jesus, coming to this earth, first of all took
the sins of the world upon Himself with His baptism received from
John the Baptist. He, therefore, became the sacrificial offering,
the Lamb of God (John 1:29).
Second, after thus
taking upon the iniquities of all the sinners with His baptism,
He died in their place and has given new life to those who believe.
Third, this Jesus was God Himself. Genesis 1:1 says, "In
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," and
Genesis 1:3 says, "Then God said, 'Let there be light';
and there was light." Jesus was none other than this very
God of logos, the One who created the whole universe and everything
in it with His Word.
God told Moses to make
the gate of the Tabernacle's court with blue, purple, and scarlet
thread and fine woven linen. Jesus, who is God Himself, completed
His work of making sinners righteous by coming to this earth in
the flesh of a man and saving His people from all their sins through
His baptism and His death on the Cross. These three ministries are
the way by which Christ has saved sinners, and they are the evidence
of this truth.
The Apostle Paul said
in Ephesians 4:4-6, "There is one body and one Spirit, just
as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith,
one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all." This Word refers to the salvation from
sin made of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
Through our exploration
of the Tabernacle, we must realize its correct truth, and thereby
be blessed to be forgiven of all our sins.
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