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Persevering Through Pressure Ė Part 4
Persevering Through Pressure (6/21/05)

NEW LIFE CHURCH
Pastor Marlin Harris
 

 Building a Faith that Will Last Until the End

We have entitled this study Persevering through Pressure, and we have dealt with and spent some time talking about building a faith that will last until the end, and we are continuing in that sub series of this general series through the Book of Hebrews, but I want to talk tonight still in the thought of building a faith that will last until the end, but I want to deal with the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ, looking at the priestly work and the priestly ministry of Christ and we will be on this issue through Hebrews for about a couple of Tuesdays.  We touched on this in our last study, dealing with the man Melchisedek.  I introduced him but I really wasnít supposed to but thatís where the Lord took us through that particular lesson.  But I want to come back and look at Melchisedek in greater detail, and I want to deal with the fact that Christ is our High Priest and all that is embodied in the high priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.  Come with me to Hebrews 4:14.  The Bible says in verse 14:

 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Verse 14-16 establishes for us that Christ is our high priest.  It is mentioned in chapter 2 of the Book of Hebrews as well that Christ is our high priest, but this portion establishes the priestly ministry and priestly work of Jesus Christ.  Let me before we get into the meaning of high priest in its Jewish context, let me just say a word about a priest itself and what a high priest is.  In any religion, faith, culture, through any religious nation or nationality, a priest was someone who represented for the people the tenets, the personality, the personhood of the God of that people.  So a priest would have his function and his job to stand between the people and God.  Heís the go-between, the liaison, the middleman between the people and God.  So Christ being a priest has the job and responsibility of serving as a go-between between man and God.

Now a high priest has a unique function in that he serves as the unique representative of mankind to God.  This is Old Testament, these are other religions and other faiths, this is what a priest does.  A high priest of a particular religion stands before the god of that religion, as a representative of the people.  So the issues, the cares, the concerns, needs, the requests, even the transgressions and the sins of the people, the high priest stands between God and the people.  When he stands before God he represents the people that he is standing on behalf of.  Now the high priest also has a double function.  (1) stand before God and represent the people; and (2) stand before the people and represent God. 

Let me just add by way of information that the high priestís duty and his function toward God was ceremonial in nature.  The ceremony of any religion, and for our case and purposes, the Jewish religion, the ceremonies of that religion were pictures, analogies and illustrations to try and paint a vivid image of a spiritual truth.  So when the high priest would stand before God on behalf of the people he would do so through ceremonial pictures, and he would perform certain ceremonies that were pictures of spiritual truths.  One of the predominant pictures that a high priest would perform before God on behalf of the people was the picture or ceremony of sacrifice. 

To sacrifice would simply mean that something would die or be lost or given up so that something else could be redeemed, saved or salvaged, and the idea of the thing that died had to die so that the God who was angry, or displeased with the people would be satisfied by his anger being avenged through the death or the loss, or whatever it was that died, so that God would be satisfied, and then the people who offered the sacrifice would then be in the good graces of God.  This is the exact picture of what sacrifices represented in the Old Testament.  Now other religions they borrowed that image from the Hebrew nation, or rather from the worship of God, and they would sacrifice to a pagan god, and their sacrifices were always based on some fleshly, humanistic, carnal need or desire in the peopleís lives.  They would sacrifice to their gods for good crops, rain, etc. 

Now when the Jews sacrificed to Yahweh, to God, they didnít sacrifice for anything carnal or fleshly, their sacrifices were purely for spiritual atonement, for the atonement of something called sin -- that sin had to be forgiven, sin cannot be overlooked.  The only way sin could be forgiven was if the price or the penalty of sin was paid and when the payment was made, then sin would be forgiven.  It would be forgiven because there was no more debt owed because of the sin. 

Transgressions against God represented a debt that the person incurred that had to be paid.  The sacrifices were purely and specifically for the purpose of forgiving the man of his sin.  So since he didnít want to be the one sacrificed; I mean he would be forgiven then, but he would also be dead -- then they would find an animal that God would choose, and they would kill that animal and the animal would serve as a sacrifice for that sin.  But the people could not do this; only the priest could do this because they were the only ones who were temporarily consecrated, anointed to serve in the function of standing between God and man.  Man was not holy enough to come to God, so since man was not holy enough the priests were anointed only for their lifetime, and serving from 25 years old to 50 years old -- they had a 25 year reign -- and their job was to bring the sacrifices of the people to God so that God would forgive the people of their sins.

There was nothing magical about the sacrifice, the animal that was slain, nothing, it was simply a picture that was supposed to point to a greater spiritual truth.  Can I ask you to hold your place in Hebrews and lets look at this process for a very brief moment in the Book of Leviticus.  In Leviticus 16 we have the priestly work of the high priest which the Bible says Christ is our High Priest.  So we have His job and His function in Leviticus 16. 

1And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died;

 2And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

What that means is, He said Moses, talk to Aaron and tell him that there is a certain way that I want him to approach me, at certain times.  He cannot approach me anyway, or at anytime.  If he comes to me the wrong way, like his sons, heíll die.  If he comes to me at the wrong time, he will die.  Remember, Aaron is the high priest, Christ is our high priest, Aaron is the picture, Jesus is the reality, so weíve got to learn from Aaron to understand Jesus.  

Hereís one of Christís functions. 

  • Whenever God sent Christ, He did not send Christ at any time, He sent Christ at a certain time.  There is a particular time when Christ came to the earth to reveal salvation unto those of us who ought to be saved.  He didnít come until the Fullness of Time, the Bible says.  His coming in the fullness of time is demonstrated by the salvation He supplied for us, that we are saved but our salvation is time sensitive. 

There is a time for your salvation, a time for mine.I got saved when I was six years or seven years old, and I got baptized at eight years old, but I got saved at a time when I could understand God, Jesus, the cross, my sin -- there had to be a process of information that I had to understand before I got saved.)  Before you get saved or anybody in your family gets saved, or anybody you are witnessing to, there has to be a process of time for them to understand what it is they are being saved from and who it is they are being saved to.

  • It is the job of the Holy Spirit to set the time.  You cannot make anybody get saved.  The Holy Spirit does the job of drawing when He so chooses.  So He said, Aaron you canít come to me anytime you want to, you have to come to me at a particular time.  Hereís another time issue -- a lot of us, the preacher makes an invitation, somebody is going through a rough spot in their life and they really are thinking about God, he makes an invitation, they figure I need to give myself to God so that all my problems can go away, they come running down the altar because they want to get their problems fixed.  Guess what?  They came to the right God, the right altar, wrong time. 

When you go through problems and issues that is not the time that you get saved so you can be released from your problems.  Your motives are wrong and your motives mess up the time.  Yes, God is a God who will settle our issues and our problems, but thatís not what salvation is about.  You do not get saved so you donít have any more problems, you do not get saved so you can pay these bills, you do not get saved so you can get a new job, so your marriage can get together, because the moment you pay the bills, get a new job and your marriage gets together, you are going to forget the God who saved you.  You get saved at such a time when the person understands I am a sinner, rich or poor, black or white, I am a sinner.  Executive or janitor, I am a sinner, and he cannot get saved until that time; until he understands that, and the one who illuminates him to understand ďI am a sinner, Jesus is a savior, I need to get saved.Ē  The one who illuminates, enlightens, and turns the light bulb on in the personís heart, brain, mind, thought processes, soul, is the Holy Spirit. 

Wives, if your husband is not saved, stop beating him over the head with the Bible.  Stop hitting them, you better get saved.  I was downtown today, and there is a guy downtown who has been there for years. I met him years ago and he is mute and he canít speak so he wears these placards over his body and he preaches on the streets, and basically the placards say ďYou are going to hell!Ē  He is basically just yelling, though he is mute and canít speak, but he makes sounds.  People are walking by him every day and there is a sense of frustration in the man because he feels that nobody is listening to him, and the people are going to hell and nobody is listening to him and he is mad.  Iím sitting here saying to myself today, God that is not the way to do it.  You canít force a person to get saved before the time that the Spirit of God has so destined for that personís election.

The only thing that we can do is share the good news.  The only thing we can do is sow the seed, put the seed in the ground and pray to God that He will cause it to grow.  We cannot change a personís heart, we cannot condition a personís heart, we cannot prepare a personís heart, only the Spirit of God will do that.  Aaron you cannot come to me anytime you want to, you can only come at a particular time. 

 2And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

3Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock (a young bullock is nothing but a baby bull or baby cow) for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.

He has to have a young cow and a ram for a burnt offering.

 4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

Which means he shall wash his body in water before he puts them on.  This is holy clothing.  Now remember, there is nothing magical about the clothing; itís a picture that is supposed to tell us something about the reality and the reality is who class, Jesus Christ.  So lets look at what the picture is. 

  • First he has to come with a young bullock for a sin offering, a ram for a burnt offering,

  • he shall put on the holy linen coat, he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh,

  • be girded with a linen girdle, and

  • with the llinen mitre shall he be attired.

Now, he shall be girded with a ďlinen coat, underwear, mitre upon his head and the Bible says the mitre is going to be of linen, and his girdle is going to be linen.  I have on, interestingly enough, a linen shirt.  What is the characteristic thing about linen.  This is linen American style, this is not linen Middle Eastern style.  The thing about linen is that it is see through; transparent -- there is nothing within the priest for which he should be hiding from.  There is nothing about him that cannot be exposed before God.  Thatís why he has to wash his flesh before he puts on the linen breeches, the coat, girdle and mitre because it is going to be see-through; heís a picture of Christ.  Christ was our High Priest, tempted in every way just as we are, yet not dirtied.  There was nothing on His flesh, that would show through His linen garment.  The linen garment of Christ represents Christís righteousness, that the righteousness of Jesus Christ was placed upon a clean body so that when we looked at His righteousness we could see purity in His righteousness.  The priests were not clean, but they had to wear linen.  So he tells the priests take a bath before you put it on so that nothing on your flesh can be seen through your clothes. 

  • Jesus is the only one Who is righteous in and of Himself.  He puts on righteousness over cleanliness.  Now catch this! 

  • We are not righteous in ourselves, we put righteousness on dirt.  His righteousness, his right standing with God, thatís righteousness, we put on the linen of Jesus Christ because we ainít got none for ourselves, and that gives us a right relationship with God, but we put that linen on dirty flesh. 

  • My position before God is righteous, my condition before God is sinful. if it had not been for the righteous linen of Jesus on my dirty flesh God would had killed me because I would've dirtied up His Holiness.

  • The only claim that I have to come before God and stand before God -- I can say 2,000 Hail Maryís, I can confess to the priest, I can pay my tithes, I can sing in the choir, I can be an usher, I can preach and teach in the pulpit, I can come to Tuesday night Bible studies and ainít none of that going to wash that dirt away.  The only way that I can have my dirt washed away from my soul is by the sin offering mentioned in verse 3, and my flesh -- I canít get that dirt washed until I die so I have to keep taking a bath, keep taking a bath, and guess what water represents -- THE WATER REPRESENTS THE WORD OF GOD Ephesians 5 says Husbands, wash your wives, with the water of the word so that there be no blemish, no stain, upon her, so that she might be holy unto you.  Whenever the church is mentioned in Ephesians, it is typical of the Bride of Christ, who is the church today, the bride of the husband is the bride of Christ in typology.  When He washes her with the water of the word, so she gets clean, as Christ washes us with the water of the word, so we get clean.

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Hereís the issue.  You need to have three things Aaron.  You need to have an animal to kill and get his blood, you need to have water to bathe your flesh with before you put the clothes on, and you need to have the right clothes to put on.  The animal that you kill is representative of Jesus Christ and His blood is the Blood of Christ; that cleansing is for your soul.  The water that you use represents the Word of God -- how shall a young man cleanse his way, the Psalmist says, by keeping heed thereto unto His word. 

Psalm 119:

 9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

The word and the water are the same.  The water (the word) is going to cleanse your flesh.  There are some habits that I still have, some stuff that I still get stuck in, some thoughts that still come to my head, sins I still do, some words I still say, I hate them but I got them:  the only way I am going to get that stain, that dirt off my flesh is if I keep washing my flesh with this water.  Aaron, if he does not wash with water, heíll die.  If he comes to me without any blood, he will die, and thirdly, he has to have that linen garment.  If he doesnít put those linen breaches on he is going to die.  The linen represents the righteousness of God.  The blood, the Blood of Christ.  The linen, the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. 

Do you know what is so awesome?  If you are saved you are wearing the righteous linen of another person and it is see-through, and when you come before God trying to hide something, the linen is going to let Christ see it.  You canít hide it from him because he is going to see right through it.  The whole idea of a right relationship, or right standing before God, is transparency.  I cannot be right with God while I am trying to hide something. 

He has linen underwear on because it is close to the flesh.  Then he has a linen coat on because it covers the flesh.  The first part about this righteousness is that it has to be close to your flesh.  Our problem is that we are trying to get right with God but not let it touch our flesh.  We want to be right with God and have our flesh untouched.  I want to do what I want to do in my flesh, think the way I want to think in my flesh, live the way I want to live in my flesh, and still be right with God.  If you are saved, then you have no excuse, none whatsoever, to remain in your flesh; to live after the flesh; to live by fleshly movements, fleshly thoughts, fleshly drives, because you are supposed to have the righteousness of God that isnít just on you, but it is touching your flesh, which means there ought to be a change in your flesh when you put these garments on.  And if you come before God without having the undergarments on, you die. 

In so many churches today guys, the flesh is not being challenged.   You can go to church nowadays, you can leave sin, go to church, sing Kumba Ya, My Lord, run, shout, dance, then leave church and go right back into sin.  I mean I know folks right here at New Life, at our own church, get mad at you in the parking lot; Iím like man we just came out of church, have you no shame; have you no fear; have you no reverence; canít you wait to curse me out at least down at the stop light.  Because their flesh was never challenged.  They came to church and the Word of God was never a type of water that washed them.  They got dressed and didnít put on the righteous underwear, which is why when you come to the House of God, yes you ought to be encouraged, uplifted, made to feel good, you can make it, you can go another round, but you also ought to be challenged, convicted, you ought to have tears running down your eyes for the things you thought, said, did, didnít do, didnít think, the habits you have and the habits you need and donít have, all of that should be a part of worship because it is a cleansing process.  My prayer is that God would make us the kind of people who are willing to put the linen on our flesh so that our flesh can actually change.

There ought to be a measurable change in your life.  You ought to see change taking place in your life.  You should be able to look at your life and survey your life and say two years ago I had this problem, but Iíve been putting my linen breeches on every single day and the righteousness of God has been washing that thing, and cleansing that thing.  Are you hearing what Iím saying.  It says,

 4He shall put on the holy linen coat (the coat is the outer), and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh (the breeches are the inner), and shall be girded with a linen girdle, (the linen girdle is the same concept that Paul uses when he speaks about having your loins girt about with truth.  The linen girdle is a truth that is not a mystery, it is a truth that is clearly to be seen, and it holds up all of my clothes.  My clothes are His righteousness on me; the belt (the girdle -- in the Bible a girdle and a belt are the same thing; the purpose of a belt in those days by this wardrobe was to hold up the whole thing that the priest had on.  Truth holds up my righteous standing before God -- truth. 

I am reluctant to say this because I think some of you guys may know what Iím talking about, but I was watching television last night, an interview, and there was a very well respected minister being interviewed, but the question was asked about Jesus being the only way to God, and he danced around that question.  I donít know why, maybe he was trying not to offend those who donít accept Jesus, it was restated can you get to heaven without Jesus?  And I thought surely that that would be an emphatic ďNoĒ; he danced around that question too.  He didnít say ďNoĒ, and he didnít say ďYesĒ.  And I sat there and my heart grieved because he had an opportunity to hold up the truth in a national spotlight and he didnít.  Now hereís the point.  Righteousness can only be kept by truth.  Guys, if any of you in here tonight are a Muslim, I love you, you are my brother and sister in creation, but you are not in the truth.  Islam offers no payment for sin; none whatsoever.  If you are here and you are in New Ageism, spiritualism, transcendental meditation, I love you but you are not in the truth.  The truth is Jesus Christ is the only way that we can get to God, no other way. 

I am a social preacher, I believe there are some social issues that the Word of God wants us to preach, but my sociology is not my theology.  I am a philosophical preacher.  There are times when Iíll come here and Iíll speak philosophy, but my philosophy is not my theology.  I am a political preacher, I believe we ought to have God in our governmental structure, but my politics is not my theology.  If I preach to you on any given day and I forget or I fail to mention that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, I have not given you the truth.  There is a truth and the truth.  A truth is that this microphone is a black microphone, that is a truth, but it wonít get you to God.  A truth is that those pews you are sitting on are goldish in color, that is a truth but it wonít get you to God.  A truth is that you have to make sure you are right with God through your mind, thoughts, that is a truth but it wonít get you to God.  A truth is to obey God, and if you obey God He will smile, thatís a truth but it wonít get you to God.  Every other religion has a truth, a truth, a truth, only Christianity has the truth. 

Now for people who say that is very arrogant pastor, dogmatic, what type of arrogance do you have to suggest Jesus is the only way.  I am not arrogant, I didnít say that, He said that!  Donít call me arrogant, call Him arrogant.  He said ďI am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life; and then he said ďNo man comes to the Father except by me.  Iím just a news reporter.  Iím telling you what He said.  Now before you get mad at Him, might I remind you that He has reason to say it guys.  I mean He came from the Father to the earth, down in the ground, died and went in a grave, then he got up out of the grave, went back up to the Father.  Now do you know anybody else who did that.  If you donít know anybody who did that, why are you mad at him for saying He is the only way.  He is the only man who died and got up; he is the only man who went in the grave and got up again.  He is the only man who came down from heaven, who ascended into heaven and eyes were looking up at Him; how can you tell Him He donít know what He is talking about.  He is not a truth -- He is the truth.  And the only way that I am going to have on my righteousness is if I put the truth around my waist. 

Then it says, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired:  (head piece; crown and it is made out of linen, and its on his head.  How many of you know what I am going to say.  He has got a see-through material on his head.  So if he ever had a dirty thought, if anything ungodly ever went through his mind, God said put linen on his head) these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

I would not have wanted to be an Old Testament priest; no thank you.  You mean if I go in their wrong, I die.  Iím okay with the breeches, the coat, the belt, but Iím not putting that thing on my head because sometimes my head just ainít right.  But the Bible says that we have a high priest who was tempted in every way just like us, yet without sin.  There was nothing in his flesh that God couldnít see.  There was no error or lie around him at all; he was the truth.  There was no thought in his head that did not honor God.  Why would you not follow Him; why would you not serve Him; why would you not look to Him and be saved.  The mitre represents royalty, itís a crown that is placed upon his head --

4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.

We have three animals here, actually four.  Here we have a bullock that we found in verse 3 (young bull or young calf -- thatís the first animal), then we have a ram for a burnt offering (thatís the 2nd animal), (now come down to v. 5 and we have two kids of the goats) for a sin offering, and of course this one ram is the same that we found in v. 3.  So hereís what we have.  We have a young calf for a sin offering, then we have a ram for a burnt offering, then we have two young goats for a sin offering. 

6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself,

(now the bullock is the young calf -- scratch that off your list if you are taking notes.  We had that one calf and it has now been offered for Aaron.  He had to offer a little calf for himself.  He is the priest and he has all this stuff on, and he still has to have and make an atonement for himself and he is the priest.  If the priest who was anointed and consecrated got all these holy garments on, been washed by the water, got the right belt on, got something on his head and he still needs an offering; what about us.  How do folk think that they are going to get to God by doing nice, cute deeds.  I treat everybody nice, Iím a good person, and I know I am going to go to heaven.  You get to God by the blood, and the priest needed blood for himself.  Now get this. 

 7And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation

(This means he is going to take these two living goats . . . [flipped tape over and lost something.] whatever it is, thatís what casting lots is like.  So he is going to have some method of determining between these two goats what I am getting ready to read to you.]

 8And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 

[Some type of lot, some type of casting -- I donít know what it was, but it was some way of determining which one of these goats was going to be for the Lord -- that means he gets sacrificed, and which one of these goats was going to be the scapegoat -- that means he gets set free.  The lot would fall on either one and they would take the one for the Lordís sacrifice, and they would kill him.  Then they would say, ďThis one is for the scapegoat; take him and do something with him.]

 9And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORDís lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 

He dies and his blood is the sin offering.]

 10But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

Now this goat goes into the wilderness.  Can I get you to drop your eyes down to v. 20 real quick.

20And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:

Now this is the one that did not get sacrificed; the scapegoat.

 21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

 22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

Now look at me; here is whatís happening.  One goat gets offered as the sin goat and heís killed, his blood goes  into the mercy seat.  The other goat is the scapegoat.  Aaron comes up to the scapegoat, puts both his hands on the scapegoatís head and in the literature of ancient Judaism, it actually mentions that he would whisper into the ears of the scapegoat all the sins of the people.   But another goat died so the scapegoat gets to go free.  He bears the sin of the people in his ears and he gets released.  Do you know what is beautiful in this text -- there are two goats representative of both portions of spiritual man.  Goat #1 is Christ -- He dies.  Goat #2 is representative of mankind.  He carries on him the sin of which mankind did.

Do you know that I am guilty for my sin, and because Iím a man I am guilty of sin period, but though Iíve got the sin on me, because the other goat died I get to go free.  I get released because another goat died.  Both of us represent the same sin, only one of us died.  Jesus is the sacrificial goat.  He dies, all of us we are the goat that got away.  Now this goat was told the sins of the people, you ainít got to tell us, we did the sin.  We did it but because Jesus died for us, we are released.  But hereís the thing.  Until we accept Christ we wander in a wilderness.  Please understand that Jesus died for the whole world, which means that any man can be saved, but only those who accept Christ live in the fertile ground.  Those who do not accept Christ they die in the wilderness.  Get this.  Hereís a goat out there in the wilderness starving to death, totally unaware that another goat died in his place.  Iím sorry, I donít want to be in that wilderness. 

Come back if you would to v. 11. 

11And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself:

 12And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: 

within the holy of holies, in the place where God resides.

 13And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:

Hereís what he is doing.  He is taking the bullock for himself, he kills him, gets the blood from that bullock, takes that blood into the holy of holies, but before he gets there he stops and gets a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar and he takes some incense in his hand and he goes into the vail and puts the incense on that fire which creates a cloud and a sweet smell -- do you know what that represents, ďWORSHIPĒ.  The offering of the blood of the slain calf is done as a worship unto God.  The Bible says in the Book of Isaiah 53:10 it says:

10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,

Do you see that?  It says it brought God pleasure to bruise Christ.  Now I know weíve all been taught and told that when Christ was on the cross that God was crying and burdened and grieved, but the Bible says that it pleased the Lord to bruise him; that God received the death of Jesus as a worship unto Him; that the greatest act of Jesusí worship life on the earth was to die on the cross.  Here is a man who prayed and the dead got up, but his greatest act of worship was dying on a cross.  Hereís a man who spoke to a stormy sea, declared it to be still, but his greatest act of worship was dying on a cross -- that in sacrifice there is worship. 

When the priest comes in with that blood and he takes the blood, he has some incense in his hand and he puts the coals of fire in the ground and he pours this incense on the fire, and it creates a smoke of perfume in the room -- that represents worship -- and then he takes his hand in that blood and sprinkles it on the mercy seat.  You cannot get saved if you will not see your salvation, the sacrifice of Christ, as a worship unto God.  People get saved for all the wrong reasons.  They come to faith because of problems, because it is time for me to go to church and do right and get right, that is not worship -- if you donít start your salvation off in worship, you will not sustain it through worship. 

Whenever we come to church on Sunday and folks are sitting there with their hands folded, just as dead and dry, the first thing that goes through my mind is how did they get saved?  Because salvation is an act of worship; the sacrifice is an act of worship.  The mere fact that Christ died for your sin, if that was enough to make God happy, shouldnít it make you elated.8`  When people come down to the altar to be saved, and I look down at the church we clap, whenever someone gets saved we are supposed to clap, rejoice, celebrate, thank God this person is getting saved.  When I look out in the audience and a person is coming to receive Christ, and nobody is doing anything -- they are watching their watch, they are ready to go, they are tired of it, and Iím sitting here saying ďhow can they be saved and not see the joy in this.Ē  Here is a sinner that comes to know Christ and his sin is forgiven.  Oh but I remember me, when I came to know Christ, my sin being forgiven, oh but I remember Calvary when Jesus died on the cross, the worldís sin was forgiven -- it made God smile, it ought to make us rejoice.  Iíve got so much I could preach about the priesthood of Christ but our time is up. 




 

 

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