Last week we compared Leviticus 16 to what Jesus did in His suffering on this earth from the Garden of Gethsemane to His last breath on the cross - fulfilling seven of the eight sprinkling’s of His blood to eternally redeem (purchase out of slavery and the Kingdom of Darkness) mankind. Remember, in Lev. 16, seven times the blood was sprinkled on the ground by the High Priest; then once on the Mercy Seat - which represented the throne of God (where His glory dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle). So we saw that Jesus poured out His blood in: Sweat in the Garden, being beat with rods on His head, His beard plucked out of His face, being scourged, the crown of thorns, the crucifixion, and the spear in His side. Seven represents completion, perfection, or wholeness. Jesus said “It is finished” on the cross. What was finished? The righteous requirement of The Law of Moses (Rom 10:4, Col 2:14, Gal 3:25, Heb 7:12, 18, 8:13, 9:9-10, 10:8-9). It was completed. It was fulfilled. It was done.
The number eight represents new beginnings. The eighth sprinkling of Jesus blood did not happen on earth - it happened in Heaven. In Hebrews nine, we learn that the tabernacle in the Old Testament, and all that it contained, were actually patterned after the true Tabernacle in Heaven. The Ark, Incense alter, Menorah, Table of Showbread, etc., were all copies of what is actually in Heaven. In Heb 9:12, it says that He entered in with His own Blood once into the Holy Place (in Heaven, vs. 23-24), and obtained for us eternal redemption! That was the eighth and final sprinkling! Do you get it?
Jesus entered into Heaven itself as both the ultimate High priest and Sacrifice; and offered His perfect, sinless, spotless Blood on the Mercy Seat. I don’t know exactly how He did it - and I don’t need to know: but I do know that He did it, because God’s eternal Word said He did. I don’t know all about thrust and lift, or the internal workings of a jet engine - but I have flown to the other side of the world more than once! I trust that plane enough to get me there safely! I’d be a fool not to trust Jesus to do the same!
This is a side note, but it’s very beneficial if you can grasp it. God never said that we were to come to Him knowing everything (like that‘s even possible). We are to come to Him believing His Word. Did you receive Christ because you had every intellectual question answered? Or did you receive Him because you heard the Gospel and accepted it’s truth? We are to come believing and receiving Christ and His Word; and after we receive by faith, we then spend the rest of our Christian life growing in the grace and knowledge of God and His Word. Too many people have the cart before horse.
Christians around the world just celebrated Resurrection Sunday, in which we remember the most important event in all of human history - the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Because Jesus was resurrected from the dead, we (disciples) also have the blessed hope and assurance that all who have died in Christ, and who are living in Christ, will be bodily resurrected from the dead to live forever with God in His Kingdom (Jn 6:38-40, 44, 53-54, Philp 3:20-21, Col 3:4, 1Jn 3:2). But what gives us that right and privilege to be counted in the number of the just who will receive everlasting life? Faith in the shed Blood of Jesus.
The Bible says that Christ is our Passover. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. However, Jesus’ Blood will not benefit you if you don’t apply it. In the story of the Passover, the spotless lamb had to be slaughtered, and then it’s blood applied to the doorposts and lintel in order to be saved. If it had not been applied, the shed blood would have done them no good. Likewise, the shedding of Jesus’ Blood does not benefit you if you do not apply it to your heart by faith. You must believe in the power of the shed Blood of Jesus (Col 1:14, 20, Eph 2:13, Heb 13:12). You must believe that He bodily rose from the dead on the third day to be saved (Rom 10:9). These are not options according to God’s Word. You must believe. You must put faith in God The Son to be saved. You must accept His sacrifice and apply His Blood, for He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. I pray you have received Him today. Don’t wait another moment, for we are all one breath away from eternity. The only question is, where will you be spending it? Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!