REclaimed: Old Things Made New

In the next few weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, The Bridge will be going through a new series called REclaimed: Old Things Made New. In this week’s message, Pastor Kris unpacked an amazing illustration of the tabernacle that is described in the book of Exodus.

“…Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8-9; NIV

After walking us through the significance of each stage of the tabernacle, Pastor Kris shared that each piece of furniture is significant not only in the old testament, but it also holds tremendous symbolism for us today.

The Outer Court:

  1. The Gate – the only way into the tabernacle
  2. The Brazen Alter – the only place where the people were allowed to to go (this is also the place where animals were sacrificed for the cleansing of sins)
  3. The Brazen Laver (basin) – a basin filled with water for the priest to wash his hands before entering the tabernacle

The Inner Court:

  1. Door – only priesthood could enter in
  2. The Table of Shrew-bread (Presence) – where communion was meant to take place
  3. The Lamp Stand – oils were burned to symbolize the presence of God
  4. The Alter of Incense – the closest thing to the Most Holy place (the Holy of Holies) that burned an anointing oil
  5. The Veil – a thick multicolored curtain that was embroidered with images of Cherubim angels. This was the only thing that separated man from the Most Holy place.
  6. The Ark of Covenant – a piece of furniture that held the 10 commandments and was considered to be God’s Throne. Once a year, on the Atonement Day, only the High Priest could pass this veil.
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
When Jesus died on the cross, He REclaimed us by becoming our High priest. His death and resurrection is what tore the veil that stood in the way of us having a relationship with God. Pastor Kris explains that the tabernacle signifies the cross, and by going from the Ark of the Covenant all the way down to the alter, you can see the structure of the cross.
The great message of this passage in Exodus is that, by means of the cross, God has made it possible for a holy, unchangeable God to dwell with us. The whole of the tabernacle is a picture of God’s dwelling with His people. The great truth for us here is that God has now, and completely, settled the problem of sin in us.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of this, we have perfect access to the Father through the Son, and God’s indwelling Spirit will never leave us or forsake us. He has taken up His tabernacle in our hearts and lives.
Now it is time for us to REclaim our rights as priests, and no longer sit on the outskirts of the tabernacle waiting for someone else to build our relationship with God.
Hear the full detailed message of how the tabernacle relates to the cross here:

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