Sermon Transcript – Clothed and Robed The High Priest Sprinkles Blood

Series C – Midweek Lent 4 – Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:29a reading tonight is all of Leviticus 16.
0:35all of Leviticus 16. so if you want to open up the Leviticus 16 we will take a look at that as we continue with our
0:42look at clothing theology in the Bible Leviticus 16 starting at verse 1. the
0:50Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron when they drew
0:55near before the Lord and died and the Lord said to Moses tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the
1:02holy place inside the veil before the mercy seat that is on the ark so that he may not die
1:08for I will appear in the cloud Over The Mercy Seat but in this way Aaron shall come into the holy place with a bull
1:15from the herd for a sin offering and a RAM for a burnt offering he shall put on
1:21the holy linen coat and shall have the linen undergarment on his body and he
1:27shall tie the linen sash around his waist and wear the linen turban These
1:33Are Holy garments he shall bathe his body in water and then put them on and
1:38he shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering one for one RAM for a
1:46burnt offering Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself
1:51and shall make atonement for himself and for his house then he shall take the two
1:56goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting and Aaron shall cast lots over the Two Goats
2:03one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel
2:08and Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering but the goat on
2:15which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it that it may be sent
2:22away Into the Wilderness to Azazel Aaron shall present the bull as a sin
2:27offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house he shall kill the bull as a sin offering
2:34for himself he shall take a sensor full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord two handfuls of sweet incense
2:41beaten small and he shall bring it inside the veil put the incense on the
2:47fire before the Lord that the cloud of incense May cover The Mercy Seat that is over the testimony so that he does not
2:54die and he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on
3:00the east side and in front of The Mercy Seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times
3:07then he shall kill the goat the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do
3:14with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of The Mercy Seat thus
3:20he shall make atonement for the holy place because the uncleanness of the people of Israel and because of their
3:26transgressions all their sins and so he shall do for the tent of meeting which
3:31dwells with them in the midst of their uncleanness no one may be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make
3:37atonement in the Holy place until he comes out and has made atonement for himself and for his house and for all
3:43the Assembly of Israel then he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement for it and shall take
3:51some of the blood of the bull some of the blood of the goat and put it on the horns of the altar all around
3:57he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times and cleanse it and consecrate it from the
4:04uncleanness of the people of Israel and when he has made an end of atoning for the holy place and the tent of
4:10meeting and the altar he shall present the live goat and confess over it all
4:16the iniquities of Pete of the people of Israel all their transgressions all their sin and he shall put them on the
4:23head of the goat and send it away Into the Wilderness by the hand of a man who is in Readiness and the Goat shall Bear
4:28all the iniquity is on itself to a remote area and he shall let the goat Go free in the wilderness then Aaron shall
4:35come into the tent of meeting and shall take off the linen garments that he put on when he went into the holy place and
4:42shall leave them there and he shall bathe his body in water in a holy place and put on his garments and come out and
4:48offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people and make atonement for himself and for the people and the fat of the sin offering he shall
4:56burn on the Altar and he who lets the goat go to Azazel shall watch wash his
5:03clothes bathe his body in water and afterwards he may come into the camp and the bull for the sin offering and the
5:08Goat for the sin offering whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place shall be carried outside the
5:14camp their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be burned up with fire and he who burns them shall wash his
5:20clothes bathe his body in water and afterwards he may come into the camp
5:26and that shall be a statue to you forever that in the seventh month on the tenth day of the month you shall afflict
5:32yourselves and shall do no work either the native or the stranger who sojourns
5:37among you for on this day shall atonement be made for you to to cleanse
5:43you you shall be clean before the Lord from all of your sins it is the Sabbath
5:48of solemn rests to you and you shall afflict yourselves as a statute forever and the priest who has anointed and
5:55consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement wearing the holy linen garments he shall make
6:01atonement for the holy sanctuary and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the Altar and he shall
6:08make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly and this shall be a statute forever for you that
6:14atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all of their sins and Aaron did as the Lord
6:21commanded in the name of Jesus amen
6:27Leviticus 16 quite a text to try to preach on it seems like a highly technical text does it not do this do
6:35that don’t do this don’t do that and then if you do this well the reason you’re doing it is so you won’t die
6:42right taking care of our sins and making us
6:47clean before God is a bloody affair and one that man well we’re going to
6:56find out is really not even qualified to do so you’ll notice here I’m going to point
7:03this out I’ve noticed that since I’ve moved to a region of the country settled
7:09by Norwegians Norwegians have some pretty interesting ideas ones that I had
7:14never thought of before okay and in the Norwegian way of thinking kind of in the
7:20yantolovan spirit a pastor who wears an all white robe well there’s only one
7:27reason for him to do such a thing because he thinks he’s all of that but that’s not true you know why Aaron
7:36wore the uniform that he wore in this text because God told him to
7:42here’s the idea what we wear as pastors actually speaks something about our
7:48theology if I were up here in a Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops what would you think maybe Birkenstocks what would you
7:54think about me then right hmm maybe Pastor Roseboro was um
8:00taking hits off the bong right maybe a little too casual would it not right and business suit says something
8:07too but you’ll notice here that what God did for his sinful priests
8:14he made them dress up and he clothed them in White in linen
8:20and they had to take a bath prior to it sinful men about to perform operations regarding the atonement of sin first
8:28must be covered up lest they die covering the man was an important thing
8:36and I would even say that covering your pastor is an important thing as well
8:41because I promise you that your pastors every bit as sinful and in need of
8:46atonement as Aaron was right and so you’ll notice here in this
8:51text that there’s a little bit of a theology going on the sinful man needs to be covered up lest he die
8:59I don’t know if any pastors who’ve died for not covering up but the idea is that this is the origin if you would of
9:05actually covering your pastor theologically it says that man’s a sinner
9:11covering him up does not say oh he’s super important covering up says we don’t want to see very much of him
9:18it’s actually what it says this is what God was teaching and so you’ll notice here as we walked through this text well
9:27Aaron to start this whole thing off had to First make atonement
9:32through a bowl offering for his own sins then he had to make atonement for the
9:39very implements that were going to be used for the sacrifice for all of the nation and then you have this strange thing
9:46happen very bizarre thing Two Goats one is a sin offering and the other
9:53Aaron stands over it and prays over it and it basically proclaims the sin of
9:59the people of Israel placing the sins on the goat and then driving it off into
10:04the Wilderness to what’s that word Azazel
10:09what is Azazel oh there’s lots of ink spread on this one okay
10:16best way to think of ozell they believed Azazel is a demon may even
10:22be the Devil Himself okay this is very good theology by the
10:27way okay now think for a second if you would and see if you can start to make the connection
10:33okay there’s two places that this plays out then in the Life of Christ that you
10:39can start to see how the typology of the day of atonement begins to start to make sense all right we’ll start with the one
10:45that is the more difficult one Jesus he goes to John the Baptist
10:53and he’s baptized in a sinner’s baptism
11:01how many sins did Jesus need to repent of and be forgiven of zero okay
11:08and here’s where it gets fun immediately after Jesus is baptized it says in the
11:14in the gospel accounts that the Holy Spirit drove him into the Wilderness who
11:20was he tempted by the devil Azazel okay so this is the reason why Martin
11:28Luther and other theologians when they see Jesus being baptized they see they
11:34see the Sinners that preceded Jesus going into the Waters of the baptism in the Jordan as them washing their sins
11:41off Jesus goes into the water and he’s like a sponge he takes all that sin and goes
11:49fills himself up with it right all the sins are now on him and he’s driven out into the Wilderness to Azazel
11:57fascinating way of looking at it next way that you can see this in the Life of
12:03Christ Jesus is on trial okay think about Jesus’s trial while
12:09Jesus is on trial Pilots trying to figure out how to get him off because he knows Jesus is innocent
12:16so what’s pilate’s grand scheme well every year during the Passover we
12:22release one of the prisoners so we’ll bring out the notorious Barabbas have
12:29him here have Jesus there we’ll let the crowd decide which one they want
12:34okay interesting is it not oh by the way do you know what Barabbas
12:40means in Aramaic son of the father
12:47fascinating stuff no joke that’s what his name means Barabbas bar Sun Abbas
12:53son of the father fascinating sit there and go whoa
12:58because on the day of atonement which we’re reading about here in Leviticus Yom Kippur
13:04you have the two goats and so it plays out typologically in two different
13:09places and it’s brilliant on the part of the holy spirit because you start to make these connections you sit there and
13:15go there’s no way any human being could have put this together no way Moses wrote Leviticus what
13:241500 1524 BC somewhere in there right
13:29Jesus is crucified 1500 years later
13:35how can you make this connection you can’t you know there’s a single author by the way in all of scripture and
13:41that’s the Holy Spirit he can do all kinds of things and when you start to look for these things it’s it’s like the
13:47best Easter egg hunt ever because you can start to trace these motifs and it’s
13:52rather fascinating so here we learn that Aaron has to dress up the guy who drives
14:00the goat out into the Wilderness to Azazel he has to dress up cover up
14:05everybody dress them in white these are uniforms Gods doing cover that sinner up
14:10and sinners need to be clothed they need to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ and next week we’re going to take
14:17a look at the end of the book so if you don’t know how it all ends spoiler alert next week you’re going to hear the end
14:22of the story it’s fantastic and wait do you see what we’re going to be wearing oh it’s fantastic but that’s for next
14:30week so now in order to kind of unpack this us rather than re-reading Leviticus
14:3716 what I’d like to do is do kind of an extended look at the book of Hebrews
14:44that tells us what all of this means so if you want to look in your Bible I apologize for the length but let’s start
14:51in Hebrews chapter 7 starting at verse 1. and here’s the fascinating thing
14:56about Jesus he is not a priest in the order of Aaron he’s from the tribe of
15:04Judah there are no priests from Judas tribe
15:09instead what we learn from the Divine author of the book of Hebrews is that
15:15Jesus is a is our high priest in the order of Melchizedek and if you remember
15:21back in in the Book of Genesis Abraham after he conquered the the guys
15:30who took the you know Sodom and Gomorrah and had captured lot in his family and
15:35taken them into captivity there was a little bit of a war that went on the Sodom and Gomorrah Kings lost and so
15:40Abraham went and rescued them rescued lot and then he was all done he had all
15:46the the booty of the of the battle and he tithed off of that he tithed the
15:53person he tithes to was this character that makes like a cameo appearance in
15:59the Book of Genesis never to be seen again until mentioned here in the book of Hebrews and it’s a guy by the name of
16:05Melchizedek king of Salem king of Peace says how his name works out and Abraham
16:12tithes to him and when Melchizedek shows up he shows up with two very important
16:18things Bread and Wine you’re sitting there going whoa
16:26it’s like this Melchizedek guy reminds me of somebody I know from the New Testament
16:32right exactly I think it was him so so
16:37we read here in Hebrews 7 starting verse 1. for this Melchizedek the king of
16:43Salem priest of the most high God met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the
16:49Kings and he blessed him and to him Abraham apportioned the tenth part of everything he is first by translation of
16:57his name king of righteousness which is what Melchizedek means and then he is also king of Salem that is the king of
17:04peace or you can say the king of shalom that’s really a good way to think about
17:09Melchizedek he is without father or mother or genealogy having neither a
17:16beginning of days nor an end of life but resembling the Son of God he continues a
17:21priest forever see how this great man to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth
17:26of the spoils and those descendants of Levi who received the Priestly office have a commandment in the law to take
17:33tithes from the people that is from their brothers though these also are descended from Abraham but this man
17:39Melchizedek who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the
17:46promises and Abraham indeed had the promises it is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the Superior in
17:54the one case tithes are received by mortal men but in the other Case by one of whom it is testified that he lives
18:02one might even say that Levi himself who receives tithes paid tithes through
18:07Abraham for he was still in the loins of ancestor when Melchizedek met him
18:14now if Perfection had been attainable through the levitical priesthood
18:19for under it the people received the law what further need would there have been
18:25for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek rather than the one
18:30named after the order of Aaron for when there is a change in the priesthood there is necessarily A change in the law
18:36as well for the one of whom these things are spoken belong to another tribe from
18:42which no one has ever served at the altar for it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah and in
18:49connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests in fact this is most certainly true this becomes even
18:56more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek who has
19:01become a priest not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an
19:09indestructible life for it is witnessed of him you are a priest Forever After
19:14the order of Melchizedek for on the one hand a former commandment is set aside
19:20because of its weakness and uselessness for the law made nothing perfect listen
19:25to that the Torah the law made nothing perfect
19:32nothing but on the other hand a better hope is introduced through which we draw near to
19:37God and it was not without an oath for those who formerly became priests were made such by an oath but this one was
19:46made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him the Lord has sworn and he will not change his mind you are a
19:54priest forever and you’ll notice that he’s quoting there another passage of
19:59scripture so this makes Jesus the guarantee of a better Covenant now real
20:06quick Covenant kind of important talk a little technical here Covenant if you would is a contract and that always
20:13implies that there’s at least two parties there’s generally a sign of the Covenant and associated with the
20:19Covenant are promises and then curses if the requirements of the Covenant are not met right and so the Mosaic Covenant
20:27which shows up after God had made his Covenant with Abraham cannot overthrow the promises that were given to Abraham
20:34it was never intended to do so but Jesus comes along and we hear in the Lord’s Supper take drink this is the blood of
20:41the New Covenant shed for you for the Forgiveness of sins so yeah this is why we have our Bible
20:48split in two Old Testament you can even you can even translate Testament there as Covenant
20:54and New Testament New Covenant we are under the New Covenant not the old and
21:01so Jesus is our high priest not somebody descended from Levi and so this makes
21:07Jesus the guarantor of a better Covenant Oh indeed it is better for the former priests were many in number because they
21:14were prevented by Death from continuing in office yeah see that’s that’s the
21:19kind of thorny thing is is that those levitical priests you can only be a
21:26little biblical priest for about as long as you were alive and once you were dead it was the Next Generation that would come and come and
21:32come right same with pastors I don’t know if you’ve noticed Kong’s Binger has been here longer than any of us
21:38and when you look at the photos on the wall of some of the previous pastors right you just realize I’m just the
21:44latest guy Kong’s finger will be here long after I’m gone right yeah this is how this
21:50works but Jesus is not like me and he’s not like Aaron because he has an indestructible life
21:56but he Jesus holds his priesthood permanently because he continues forever
22:05consequently he is able to save to the utmost or the uttermost those who draw
22:10near to God through him since he always lives to make intercession for them
22:18and you’ll notice hear something I’m not seeing anything about what Jesus has to wear
22:27think about that Aaron had to dress up he had to cover up otherwise he would
22:32die I’m not seeing the same theology as it pertains to Jesus it’s as if he’s
22:37already clothed in perfect righteousness which is maybe the reason why he’s able to save us to the uttermost I love that
22:43able to save to the utter most oh that means Sinners Like Me and like you to the uttermost huzzah we’re saved so it
22:51was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest holy innocent
22:57unstained separated from Sinners and exalted above the heavens he has no need
23:04like those High priests to offer sacrifices daily first for his own sins
23:10and then for those of the people since he did this once for all when he offered
23:15up himself and that’s the difference between Jesus and Aaron Aaron you’ll notice sacrifice for himself
23:23got to cleanse the altar gotta cleanse the implements then finally the sin offering for the people Jesus skips all
23:29of that there’s not a single sin offering necessary for Christ
23:34so we continue for the law appoints men
23:40in their weakness as high priests which is why they have to dress up why
23:46God has to cover them but the word of the oath which came later than the law appoints a son who has been made perfect
23:54forever now the point in what we are saying is this we have such a high priest one who
24:02is seated at the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in heaven a minister in holy places in the true tent
24:09that the Lord set up not man now fascinating here think about this when
24:16we talk about Jesus’s offices Jesus is a prophet for sure he has a prophetic
24:22calling he is a prophet in a very true sense he’s also a king he is the direct descendant and heir to
24:29the throne of David but here it talks about Jesus as priest so Jesus is all he is Prophet he’s King
24:37he’s priest and so this is talking about Jesus’s Priestly office and because
24:42we’ve never seen if you would how the Tabernacle and the and and the temple
24:49worked with the blood sacrifices and all that kind of stuff we we weren’t there for the three in the afternoon
24:55sacrifice of the lamb and the and the and the prayers that were put up before
25:01God we never saw any of this the smells or the sounds or anything that goes along with it and so it’s easy for us to
25:08forget and not think of Jesus as our high priest it sounds very Jewish yeah I know
25:16it does but see that’s the thing we’re grafted into Israel and Jesus is our high priest not
25:23Caiaphas Christ so the one who was seated at the right Throne of the Majesty of Minister and
25:29holy places is the true tent that the Lord set up not man for every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and
25:35sacrifices thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer
25:41now if he were on Earth he would not be a priest at all since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law
25:47they serve a copy and a shadow of the Heavenly things
25:54that’s an important statement the temple that existed in Jerusalem up
26:00until 70 A.D it was only a shadow of the Heavenly Temple the Heavenly Tabernacle
26:08and so all the talk that there is today about rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem
26:14if that was the Shadow and Jesus is the Fulfillment is it really a good idea or a good thing
26:21to rebuild the shadow no it’s not
26:27for when Moses was about to erect the tent he was instructed by God saying see
26:32that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain but as it is Christ has
26:39obtained a Ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the Covenant
26:45he mediates is better since it is enacted on better promises for the first Covenant have been
26:52faultless there would have been no occasion to look for a second
26:57for he finds fault with them when he says behold the days are coming declares the Lord and when I will establish a New
27:04Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not like the Covenant that I made with their fathers
27:09on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt for they did not continue in my Covenant
27:16and so I showed no concern for them declare it’s the Lord for this is the Covenant that I will make with the house
27:21of Israel after those days declares the Lord I’ll put their law my laws into their minds I will write them on their
27:27hearts I will be their God and they shall be my people and they shall not teach one his neighbor and each one his
27:35brother saying know the Lord for they shall all know me from the least of them to the greatest
27:40for I will be merciful towards their iniquities and I will remember their
27:46sins no more
27:51some of the worst sentences of all of scripture are the ones in which God says I’m going
27:58to remember your sins trust me you don’t want that
28:03the promises of the New Covenant is that God is merciful towards us and he remembers our sins no more and there’s a
28:10reason for this so when speaking of a New Covenant he makes the first one obsolete
28:15and what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away and it has
28:22there is no Temple today not one so now even the first Covenant had
28:30regulations for worship an Earthly place of Holiness for a tent was prepared the
28:35first section in which where the lamps stand and the table and the bread of the presence it’s called The Holy place
28:42behind the second curtain was the second section called the most holy Place
28:48having the golden altar of incense and the Ark of the Covenant covered on all
28:53the sides with gold in which was a golden urn holding the Manna and Aaron’s
28:59staff that budded and the tablets of the Covenant above it were the cherubim of Glory overshadowing The Mercy Seat of
29:07these things we cannot now speak in detail a little bit of a historical note
29:12in in Jewish history in the inter-testamental period there was a scounder by the name of Antiochus
29:19epiphanies and he’s notorious for having sacrificed a pig on the altar in the
29:25temple in Jerusalem but one of the things that Antiochus epiphanies did he wanted to see what was in the holy of
29:32holies right and being a pagan he had an expectation because he’d been in temples
29:38before and in the inner sanctum of the temples always you would have the big statue of the God if it was the Temple
29:45of Zeus or Artemis or whatever inside the big inner sanctum inside the core if
29:51you would the mind of the temple there would be the statue
29:56he was utterly Amazed by the fact that when he went behind the curtain although he shouldn’t have been there
30:04was nothing it was the only Temple he’d ever been in where the God who was worshiped wasn’t
30:10in the temple he didn’t get it you see he was there right
30:17so the preparations having thus been made the priests go regularly into the first section performing their ritual
30:23duties but in the second only the high priest goes
30:28and he only goes but once a year and not without taking blood which he offers for
30:34himself and for the unintentional sins of the People by this the Holy Spirit
30:40indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing which is
30:48symbolic for the present age according to this Arrangement gifts and sacrifices
30:53are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper but deal
30:59only with food and drink and various Washings regulations for the body
31:04imposed until the time of the ref of the Reformation but when Christ appeared as a high
31:11priest of the good things that have come the then through the greater and more
31:16perfect tent not made with hands that is not of this creation he entered once for
31:23all into the holy places not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by
31:31means of his own blood thus securing an eternal Redemption for if the blood and
31:37goats and Bulls and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer sanctify for the purification of
31:44the flesh how much more will the blood of Christ who through the eternal spirit
31:51offered himself without blemish to God purify our conscience from dead Works to
31:57serve the Living God therefore Christ is the mediator of a New Covenant so that
32:03those who are called may receive the promised Eternal inheritance since the
32:08death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed unto the first Covenant for where a will is
32:15involved the death of the one who made it must be established for it takes effect only at death since it is not in
32:22force as long is the one who made it is alive therefore not even the first Covenant was inaugurated without blood
32:28for when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people
32:33he took the blood of calves and goats with water and Scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both
32:41the book itself and all the people saying this is the blood of the Covenant
32:46that God commanded for you real quick hyssop
32:51okay hyssop makes appearance several spots important spots
32:57in the Bible one place we see hyssop is at the Passover the very first one celebrated
33:04in Egypt where they took hyssop and they took the blood of the Passover lambs and
33:10they used hyssop to wipe the doors with the blood of the Lamb so that the
33:15Destroyer would pass over right right when Jesus is on the cross hyssop makes an appearance
33:24do you remember where he says he thirsts and they go and take
33:30a sponge fill it with wine vinegar and put it on a hyssop stick to raise it up
33:36to him important that it shows up there right the the start connecting these things and you say whoa yeah okay
33:44so in the same way he sprinkled with blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship indeed under the law
33:51almost everything is purified with blood here’s an important statement one of the most important statements in all of
33:57scripture without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins
34:07it seems cruel doesn’t it but it’s not Christ willingly shed his blood for the
34:14Forgiveness of our sins he was unlike the the aaronic priest that we read about in Leviticus 16 didn’t have to
34:21offer himself offer sacrifices for his sins cleanse the altar then finally once
34:28and for all dressed in order to not be killed and doesn’t say anything about Jesus
34:34wearing anything here does it it just talks about his once for all sacrifice and without the shedding of blood there
34:41is no forgiveness of sins and in this new covenant God is merciful and he does
34:46not remember our iniquities the two go together and as we get closer
34:52and closer we’ll be a good Friday before we know it it’s less than two weeks away
34:58when we get to Good Friday think of these things as you hear the story of The Passion of Christ in this
35:05crucifixion so thus it was necessary for the copies of the Heavenly things to be purified with these rights but the Heavenly
35:12things themselves with better sacrifices than these for Christ has entered not
35:17into holy places made with hands which are copies of the true things but into heaven itself now to appear in
35:25the presence of God on our behalf nor was it to offer himself repeatedly as
35:30the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own for then he would have to offer repeatedly
35:38since the foundation of the world but as it is he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by
35:45the sacrifice of himself and just as it is appointed for man to die once and
35:51after that comes the Judgment so Christ having been offered once to Bear the sins of many will appear a second time
35:58not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him
36:07so now two two completely different things altogether
36:12the temple and the day of atonement which is a shadow of the of what was to
36:20come who is Christ who is the true Temple and now we see his fulfilling
36:26of all things these sacrifices cannot purify a conscience
36:32Christ’s can his once for all sacrifice was for all
36:38people at all time in every place you and me included and it’s important then
36:43to know what does Jesus do to the temple
36:49once his sacrifice for our sins is completed what does he do
36:55to it let me read from Matthew’s gospel Matthew 27 45-51 now from the sixth hour
37:03there was Darkness over all the land until the ninth hour
37:08and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice
37:14that is my God my God why have you forsaken me
37:20and some of the bystanders hearing has said this man’s calling for Elijah one of them at once took a sponge filled it
37:26with sour wine put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink but the other said wait let’s see whether Elijah will come
37:32to save him and Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit and behold the
37:40curtain of the temple was torn in two and noticed the direction from Top
37:47to bottom and the Earth shook the Rocks were split
37:56cried out with a loud voice we learned from the other Gospels the thing he cried out is to tell us die
38:03it is finished the once for all sacrifice for our sins that makes it
38:08possible so that God can be merciful to us and remember never our iniquities
38:14or as the hymn that we just said in a watery grave are buried all the sins that jesus carried
38:21is once for all sacrifice the true high priest and he’s our
38:26mediator now in heaven he goes into the copy of the true thing
38:33and he says this thing is done tears
38:39down the separating the dividing wall if you would rips it from top to bottom and
38:46no longer is there a holy of holies here on Earth and then from there
38:52it says we learn at some point in all of this he actually goes to heaven with his
38:58own blood and there on the Heavenly altar on the horns of the Altar and The Mercy Seat
39:05which are the real things in heaven puts his blood
39:12where it needs to be and the wrath of God is propitiated forever
39:18our sins are atoned for it is finished Christ is our high priest
39:23and unlike the sinful priests of the Old Testament era who had to be
39:30covered up because of their sinfulness Christ has never once described as wearing
39:37anything or being necessary for him to wear anything in fact
39:43as I pointed out the first week of Lent Jesus performs his atoning work for our
39:50sins totally in the nude suspended Between Heaven and Earth
39:57he’s the only one that could do that think about it in the name of Jesus Amen
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