Remember what it said in Hebrews 8:1-2? It says that Jesus is now
our High Priest and a Minister of the sanctuary in heaven. What
does this mean? When Jesus died for us on the cross and shed His perfect blood, the veil of the earthly sanctuary was torn in
two, and the way to the most holy place where the ten commandments dwelt was seen. No longer did we need an earthly priest
to minister for us to God, the way to God was now open for us through the blood of Christ. So Christ Jesus now took the place
of the earthly priests and became our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.
THE OUTER COURTYARD - In the outer courtyard of the earthly tabernacle, the priest would offer the burnt
offering (animal sacrifice, or food offering for those who
were poor) for the sins of the people. Also he would wash in the laver of water before offering the sacrifice. The courtyard
represented the earth. Jesus did the work of sacrifice and was baptized in the courtyard (the earth).
THE HOLY PLACE - In the first room of the sanctuary, the holy place, the priest was responsible for keeping the lamps
supplied with oil to burn continually (Leviticus 24). He was also responsible for keeping the coals burning in the alter of incense and
for the 12 cakes of shewbread on the table. Now when Jesus offered Himself as sacrifice on this earth and ascended into heaven,
He became a minister of the heavenly sanctuary as shown in Hebrews 8. First he ministered like the earthly priest in the holy place.
In Revelation 1:13 John sees Jesus standing amongst the seven golden candlesticks in the heavenly sanctuary. So what did Jesus do
in the holy place? Well, just as the earthly priest would have to make sure the candlesticks had enough oil to keep burning, Jesus
made sure that His people had enough oil (Holy Spirit) to keep shining the light of the gospel on earth. Just as the earthly
priest had to get the bread and arrange it on the table every week, Jesus supplies us the bread of life (His Word in the Bible). Just
as the earthly priest had to keep the incense burning, Christ continually received the prayers of His people which the incense represented.
THE MOST HOLY PLACE - In the earthly sanctuary, the high priest needed to enter the most holy place, where the ten
commandments were kept and offer the blood of the animal sacrifice once a year on the day of atonement, to blot
out the sins of the people. This was a time
of judgment, and the people had to afflict their souls as this solemn event took place
(Leviticus 16:29). So Jesus had also to enter the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary to offer His own blood for our sins, and
for the judgment of the people to take place. This judgment is now taking place and soon to end, and we should all be afflicting
our souls for the sins that we have committed just like the Israelites had to, and we should urgently be turning away from all
forms of sin and evil and humbling ourselves before our God.
So just to recap on the work Jesus has done and is doing for us - In the courtyard (earth), Jesus did the work of sacrifice. In the
holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, Jesus did the work of intercessor (mediator). In the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary,
Jesus does the work of Judge.
Hebrews 9:12 .....'Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us.'
Our sins not only need to be forgiven, but to also be blotted out of the record books in heaven, and this is the process of
the judgment in heaven that Jesus is performing in the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary. When Jesus ascended to heaven
after His death and resurrection, He moved from the courtyard (earth) to the holy place in heaven to interceed for His people.
Then Jesus moved into the most holy place where judgment would begin for all who profess to know Jesus. And He would offer
His blood for all those who truly follow Him and their sins would be forever blotted out. John alluded to this in
Revelation 11:19 .....'And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:
and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.'
This is the great judgment scene in the most holy place, where the law of God resides in the original ark of the covenant.
All who profess to be Christians
are being judged at this moment in time, and when this judgment is finished and Jesus stands up and says "it is finished!",
then probation will have closed and the door to mercy will forever be shut. Anyone who tries to enter into heaven after this point
will be too late. Just like the five foolish virgins.
1 Peter 4:17 .....'For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin with us, what shall the
end be of them that obey not the gospel of God.'
Can you see the significance of the above verse? All professing Christians are being judged right now as to whether they are living
according to the faith they proclaim. Which is why obedience to God's law, the ten commandments is so important in the Christian walk.
Those who live according to their professed faith will have their sins blotted out of the record books in heaven by Jesus while
He is cleansing the sanctuary. But those who do not OBEY the gospel of Christ (including professing Christians) will not have their
sins blotted out and will have their part in the lake of fire with the rest of the wicked.
Friend, Jesus is our Minister, our High Priest, mediating on our behalf to God in the heavenly sanctuary ..... 1 Timothy 2:5 .....'For
there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.' ..... But He can only mediate for us if we obey the
gospel. He can only mediate for us if we take up our cross and follow Him. He can only mediate for us if we obey God and keep
His commandments. Friend, we are living in the end times and the judgment is coming to an end. It's time to humble ourselves before
our Creator, to turn away from sin and obey His commandments. Remember what the Israelites had to do on the day of atonement? They
had to afflict their souls for the sins committed. We too really need to be humbling ourselves and actively turning away from sin.
I pray that you will study this important subject, and seek those things that are above, where Christ dwells and sits at the right
hand of God in the heavenly sanctuary. Judgment is happening right now, and when it ends, Jesus will take off His Priestly robes
and be adorned with Kingly robes and return to earth to claim what is rightfully His. Are you ready to meet Christ Jesus your King?
'Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment IS COME.' (Revelation 14:7)