Jesus still speaks to the hearts of believers by His Holy Spirit. As even in some He himself will speak personally to give specific orders and duties in these last days and times. Only those who confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that He resurrect the third day. Can hear what he is saying in the parables of his speeches. Many that are not the call according to His election will never understand what it is Jesus is saying and level of understanding He desires for us. When He says as for this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail. Then He tells us if we don’t praise Him the rocks will praise him. This is so suffocate that some will never understand what it is Jesus is saying. A rock never weaving it strong and able to stand against the wiles of the devil. He is building His church on those rocks. Who are able to stand against adversity against trials and temptations? Knowing that those He call His rocks are those He will build His church on. Knowing and having no doubt that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, however manifest in His disciples in these last times for you. As Jesus says of Himself, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. However we are on the altar kneeling down on our knees on a daily basis in our relationship with God. All God desire from the beginning of time and in this time is relationship. Spending time with him in the intimacy of time for time is of no essence to God for one day is but a thousand years and a thousand years is but a day. The altar is at the feet of Christ in prayer and supplications to our God. He is the altar that was hung on the cross for the remission of sin. "Therefore the altar was actually a type of Christ, who became the substitute for man’s sin and thus allowed the holy God and sinful man to meet. Even the word ‘altar’ refers to that which is elevated or lifted up. Perhaps this is what Jesus had in mind when He said, ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me’ (John 12:32). As an offering had to be lifted up and placed on the altar, so Christ was lifted up and placed on the cross to die for the world "The Hebrew root for altar means “to slay” or “slaughter.” The Latin word altar means “high.” An altar is a “high place for sacrifice and slaughter. This is a projection of Christ, our sacrifice, lifted up on the cross Sacrifice is not a concept that anyone really enjoys. Although we are hearing the word more often these days due to price inflation in such core areas as food and energy, most of us do everything we can to avoid having to make sacrifices. As ironic as it sounds, we will make sacrifices in one area to circumvent having to make a sacrifice in another! This points out the human tendency to hold some part of our lives closer and dearer than others and we are loath to let go of even a small bit of what we love the most. Jesus did not live this way. In His human life, He was all about sacrifice His whole life was a sacrifice. And His is the life that has been exalted as the perfect pattern for our own. In terms of Jesus' sacrifice, anyone familiar with the Bible will first think of His sacrificial death at Calvary to atone for the sins of mankind. His crucifixion was indeed the greatest act of sacrifice in the history of the world, a perfect demonstration of His own teaching in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." His supreme offering of His sinless life paid the terrible cost of all of mankind's sins. Christ altar which stood on the grounds of Golgotha hill for the whole world. Our God place his Son on this altar to finish sin once and for all. Although we are born in sin this altar opens the door to communicate with God that we may come to the throne of grace and ask for forgiveness of our sin. There must be an intimate relation between sacrifice and access to God! The Tabernacle could not be entered till one had first passed the Altar. Blood-shedding is the basis of approach to God. God gave of himself and that was His beloved Son. We should all sacrifice our bodies. That we present it as a living sacrifice unto God which is our reasonable service. There are no more dead sacrifice Jesus rose from the dead and on the third day He resurrected into the heavens. THE HORNS OF THE ALTAR” The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom we take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 22:22 "THE LORD is thus it clearly reveals that "the horn" is the LORD GOD HIMSELF, our salvation, our strength and our STRONG HOLD. The BRASS Alter of Sacrifice and the Sweet ALTAR of INCENSE each had 4 horns. The Brazen Alter, to which Joab clung for his life, had one horn at each of its four corners. These are the horns to which the animal sacrifices of Israel during Temple times were "tied" or bound. This is nothing more than a clear shadow of a picture of Christ our sacrifice, THE Sacrifice, being bound, not only by rope and spike, but by the UNDYING LOVE of GOD for HIS CREATION. "Our Lord did not bear the fire of Divine judgment in any external, superficial way. It is but a feeble and a partial view of those sufferings which would enlarge upon the persecution of ungodly men, or even the malice of Satan who urged them on. These might explain the bodily anguish to which our holy Lord permitted Himself to be subjected, but the fire of Divine holiness, the heart-searching judgment against sin, went down into the utmost center of His being. Reverently may we tread upon such holy ground? Sin is not an external thing, though it mars the outward man. Its source is in the heart, the center of man’s being; and therefore in the sinless Substitute the flame searched down into His holy soul. Atoning suffering, like the sin of man, was in the heart. The piercing of the nails, the crown of thorns, the jeers of the people, the spear-thrusts, did not set forth the deep essence of His sufferings. God only, who searched the heart, knew what it meant. The Son, who bore the judgment, knows the intensity of that fire which burned down into His soul when made an offering for sin" The vessel and grate of brass, all originate around the tabernacle. Christ death represent every piece of furniture that was a shadow of God sending the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of this world once and for All. "Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind." Like our Savior Jesus Christ, we must be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to "press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (verse 14). The glorious life of the coming Kingdom of God is attained through sacrifice, and the way we know (John 14:4).
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice.
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