The Purpose of the Sanctuary
“But I thought the Sanctuary was just an Old Testament Tabernacle tent with furniture and priests doing all kinds of rituals. How can we have an experience in the Sanctuary?” How many of us really understand why the Sanctuary is so important to us?
From the very beginning, Jesus always meant for it to be for a relationship with Him! After the Israelites had heard God’s voice speaking the 10 Commandments from Mount Sinai, the people were so afraid they “said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.’” Exodus 20:19 NIV I am sure this hurt God’s heart, but He did not give up. He tried again to reach the people, but this time He brought the Sanctuary to them to be a place where they could meet with Him for relationship! Listen to what He said, “Let them make me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8 NIV Dwelling, that means living together! That means having a relationship with each other!
But just as the Jews of old had a hard time seeing beyond the furniture and rituals, we still have a hard time today understanding what these precious symbols of Jesus mean to our personal lives today. Now more than ever we need to understand how important the Sanctuary is to prepare us to go through the end times safe with Jesus, and to prepare to live, or dwell with Him forever! Unlocking the code to the meaning of the Sanctuary is our first step to finding that deep experience with Jesus in His Sanctuary.
What do all those symbols mean anyway? Let’s look at the word, “sanctuary” first. If we look at the dictionary definition, look what we find. It says, “1. a place of refuge or safety. ‘People automatically sought a sanctuary in time of trouble.’ 2. A nature reserve. ‘a bird sanctuary’” Safety? Now that sounds like an experience to me! Yes, Jesus is wanting to provide a safe place for His people now, and in the near future, as world events show the nearness of Jesus return.
Don’t you want to find a safe haven in Jesus’ dwelling place? But where is this special dwelling place? There is no longer an earthly Tabernacle, or even Solomon’s Sanctuary temple, or Zerubbabel’s temple that was where Jesus walked, so where will we find the place of safety that we long for? We can look in Hebrews 8:1,2 for the hidden clue we need. It says, “The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.” Now that’s encouraging! Who is this special High Priest, that sits down with God the Father in His throne room – the Sanctuary – that is not made by man on earth but made by the Lord, the great Architect and Builder of the heavenly Sanctuary? It is none other than our Savior, Jesus Christ!
If you continue to read in Hebrews, you will see clearly that Jesus is in the heavenly Sanctuary, where He is not only ministering for us, but is calling us to connect and dwell with Him there. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. So Jesus is inviting us to come into His presence, through the power of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus’ intercession for us, we can enter into His Sanctuary even now, with confidence, and receive all the help we need. What good news!
But let’s unlock more of these symbols that will teach us the “way” in! “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God.” Psalm 77: 13 KJV. “’Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:5, 6 NIV So Jesus is the Way! Every part and piece of this Sanctuary is about Jesus our Savior and what He is doing for us to help us connect with Him and to hear His voice speaking to us more clearly. That way, is the relationship way. Are you ready to find out what all this Sanctuary furniture and symbols really mean in personal communication with Jesus? Let’s start our walk at the beginning. How do we get in? The way in is through the gate.
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