Sunday, June 2, 2019

Lamb on the Cross (GL79)

       'Appreciating God's Love'
Final Week of Jesus

Jesus Poured Out His Blood
John 19:33-34  But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
    The most wicked people in the bible - Jezebel, wife of King Ahab, who killed many of God's prophets and Judas Iscariot who betrayed our Lord Jesus both shed blood after their death.
    Our Lord too shed blood after His death, so that His precious blood can cleanse all sins including the worst sins and iniquities.
Note: at the bronze altar, a sacrificial animal was offered for the redemption of sins.

Jesus Poured Out Water
John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
    In the OT, before the priest could enter the Holy Place, he must first wash himself with water from the bronze laver and then put on the holy priest garment. Our Lord promised us that He will give us His living water when we ask it from Him
    On the cross, our Lord not only shed blood for the remission of our sins (at the bronze altar) but also the promised living water for the cleansing of our bodies (at the bronze laver) to prepare us to be holy so that we can enter into His presence (Holy Place).

Cleansing by His Pure Water
Heb 10:22  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    The pure water poured out on the cross was to prepare us to be holy by cleansing our hearts from evil consciences and our bodies from lusts.
     During the last supper, our Lord told His disciples, who had given up everything to follow Him, that they were clean because they had kept His words.
Note: priests must wash themselves with water from the bronze laver before entering the Holy Place.
John 15:3  "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you."

Saints or Holy Christians
John 8:31-32,36  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free... Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
    When a Christian keeps His words, he will know the truth which will set him free from wickedness, worldliness and evil conscience. Being holy, he can now enter the Holy Place.
I Pet 1:13-15  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

Obedience to Perfection
Heb 5:8-9  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
    Because of the complete obedience of Jesus to endure suffering until death, He became the perfect sacrifice with eternal redemption.
    Christians do not need to offer any more animal sacrifice for their sins, but only need to confess and repent of their sins  for forgiveness.
Heb 9:12  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Boldness into Most Holy Place
Hebrews 10:19-22  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
    After being saved by the perfect sacrifice at the bronze altar, and the cleansing by His word at the bronze laver, we can then put on the holy priesthood garment to enter the Holy Place.
     God will allow sufferings to sanctify us to perfection so that as the bride of the Lamb we can enter into His presence inside the most Holy Place .
Heb 2:10  For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.