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The Cross and The Sanctuary- Part 3

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • October 25, 2014
    11:30 AM
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On the screen I have a picture of the Rosetta Stone which is located in the British Museum there in London England it's a stone that weighs about 1700 pounds and it's a proclamation put forth by the 5th who was living about 200 years prior to the time of Christ Now the interesting thing about this stone is that it is written in 3 different scripts or 3 different languages it's written in Greek it's written in demoted which is the common vernacular back in the time of the Egyptian period 200 years prior to the time of Christ and it's also written in Egypt. Now for hundreds of years individuals have been trying to unlock Egyptian hieroglyphics and they were quite unsuccessful in this endeavor and this rock presented quite a unique opportunity and this man his name was one sua. And I can know if I'm saying that right but he was a brilliant linguist and he unlocked this stone he unlocked this stone and wrote a dictionary of hieroglyphics because it was written in Greek and hieroglyphics they were able they were able to unlock the meaning of hieroglyphics and this gentleman use the Rosetta Stone to open a whole new way of understanding Gyptian life. And as we have said in this study today is part 3 in our 5 part series of messages in titled The Cross and the same sure we've said that the sanctuary is the key it's the Rosetta Stone that helps unlock what Jesus has done is doing and will do remember in our 1st presentation we said that John made the statement Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and the only way to understand the meaning of the Lamb is in the context of the saying sure where it is the same surely map that helps us to understand what Jesus did at the cross and because the Jews did not understand this saying should wear a framework the same surely map apply to Jesus Christ they ended up mis understanding what his purpose and mission was we also said that Paul mentioned that Christ is our High Priest in the same surely above so the sanctuary becomes a framework for not only what Jesus did at the cross but also what Jesus is doing in heaven as our High Priest and I want to invite you if you have not already to take out your study guide it's a brief outline of today's presentation if you don't have one Raise your hand we have a couple ushers in the back that will give you one we have one right up here so free car loan needs a study guide anyone else need a study guide this will provide a framework a reference point for a study today a whole lot easier to follow along all the key passages are in this study guide and for watching online in the description underneath the video there will be a link where you can download this and follow along Remember we said that the sanctuary is the interpretive What is the interpretive key it's the map to understanding cries the saying where it is so prod it extends from Genesis to Revelation you can find implicate. Nuances of the Sing should wary all throughout the Bible and we said that the saying sure is the interpretive key for not only understanding Christ as the Lamb of God but for understanding Christ as our High Priest and we said that this sanctuary has 3 different compartments it has the courtyard the largest portion up there it's the courtyard and then you have the holy place and then you have the most holy place and the trajectory up the individual in the plan of salvation is to go from the courtyard to the holy place to the most holy place this provides a road map for how God deals with sin he wants to take us from the outer court to the holy place to the most holy place into the very presence of God This is the plan of salvation it's as though God has given us a kindergarten kind of map to illustrate what Christ is doing in the process and the plan of salvation 3 compartments 3 phases and we said last week that the sanctuary illustrates that there are 3 phases in the plan of salvation the courtyard phase the holy place and the most holy place phase in the plan of salvation we said that when Jesus died on the cross representing the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world he completed the sacrifice in the courtyard this was foundational and if Christ did not die on the cross the plan of salvation would have been lost the Lamb had to die this was space one the courtyard the burnt offering Jesus was the sacrifice. Then we said last week that the 2nd compartment would be the logical place if the sanctuary is our road map for the plan of salvation we asked the question what compartment on the sanctuary did Jesus enter upon his ascension and this would logically be using the road map from the courtyard to the holy place and where do we see this in Scripture member last Sat as we look at this in our study guide Revelation Chapter one Verse 13 this is after the cross upon the ascension of Jesus here John in the last book of the Bible the Book of Revelation he sees a vision and notice the words that are on the screen Revelation Chapter one Verse 13318 then I turn this is John to see the voice that spoke with me and having turned I saw 7 golden lamp stands and in the midst of the 7 lamp stands one like the son a man clothed with a garment down to his feet and girded about the chest with a golden band do not be afraid I am the 1st in the last I am he who lives and was dead and behold I am alive forevermore who is this is Jesus Christ the one who lives who was dead and is alive forevermore Jesus is in this vision is in the sanctuary he's in front of the lamp stand what compartment is this this is the holy place you can see the lamp stand right there. At the bottom south side of the holy place Jesus is seen as our High Priest in the holy place after he has completed Phase one in the courtyard how do we know this according to scripture after 4 Verse 14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who is a send it into where into haven't Jesus is our High Priest in heaven not only is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world he is our High Priest and he has ascended into heaven he was 1st one into we do have such a high priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the majesty where in heaven who serves in the what the sanctuary the true tabernacle set up by the Lord we said that there is a saying in heaven in Jesus is there as our High Priest in the holy place after is ascension as our High Priest to minister upon or for our But you have now that was a review. All right so you caught up now if you missed any of the presentations you can get them online podcast or video and you get all the study guides there is a High Priest in heaven after completing the courtyard the sacrifice as the lamb he takes on the role as our High Priest Now we come to this statement Jesus upon his ascension went to the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest this is phase 2 so the sanctuary provides a road map it provides a guiding key to understanding what Christ has done and is doing and will do phase to the holy place and this is a statement from great controversy you'll find it there in your study guide great controversy for 89 the intercession of Christ in Man's we have in the same should wary of ease as essential to the plan of salvation as his death upon the cross so the role of Jesus as our High Priest is as essential as Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world we come to our thesis question. The question that we want to answer in our study today is what is Jesus's role as our High Priest in heaven in other words what is the function of the High Priest Why do we need a high priest isn't it enough that Jesus died on the cross why do we need Jesus as the High Priest in heaven not only as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world why do we need a high priest in heaven why does Paul point out that Jesus is gone as our High Priest to the holy place on our behalf and that's what we hope to answer today and this is OUR to keep passage of study Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 1415 through 16 you can fill out the blanks in your study guide this is a key passage which tells us the function of our High Priest Jesus Christ in the heavenly sanctuary above Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 15 through 16 Therefore since we have a great high priest who is ascended into heaven whom Jesus the Son of God Let us hold firmly to the faith we have professed Let us then approach Gaunts throne of grace with confidence that we may receive mercy and find grace to how in our time of need so here's the function of the high priest the high priest is in heaven Jesus Christ and we may approach him on the part of the Bible it says we may approach his throne with boldness and we receive from our high priests 2 things mercy and grace to help us in time of need we receive something from the High Priest in heaven when Jesus died on the cross he on the right to forgive our sins. I want to say that again when Jesus died on the cross he earned the right to forgive now as our High Priest in heaven he gives us the benefits of what he did upon the cross Let me illustrate it this way use our illustration from last week let's say I have a gambling addiction I don't but let's say I do and with this gambling of diction I've racked up $100000.00 worth of debt I get called into court I'm under condemnation I owe something I'm unable to pay it my parents hear about it and my parents sell their house or $100000.02 pay off this debt now there is something that needs to take place. By selling the house they have earned the right to pay off the dead following yes or no right now there is something that needs to happen in order for my debt to be paid that $100000.00 which they have earned the right to pay off needs to be transferred to my account isn't that right in needs to be appropriated to my account I need to accept my parents' sacrifice on my behalf and until I sacrifice I accept that sacrifice that bank account that $100000.00 of my parents make it count it remains there if I reject it my debt is not paying in the same way when Jesus died on the cross you can imagine it in the bank of heaven Jesus the right to forgive every person of their sins when he died upon the cross that sacrifice was made a provision now Jesus as our High Priest when we asked for forgiveness of our sins when we accept the sacrifice that he made for us on Calvary Jesus as our High Priest takes as it were from the bank account of heaven and appropriate and up why and transfers his blood his sacrifice to David Shinn that is the function and the role of the High Priest Now you'll notice that the function in the role of the High Priest Paul applies or says is in 2 different ways the 1st one is mercy we receive mercy from the High Priest The 2nd thing is grace to help us in our time of needless look at the 1st one Mercy Mercy is given to someone that fall short of a standard by don't get the right grade on the test many times a student will go into the teacher and ask for mercy. Now in a spiritual sense why do we need mercy from God because we have sinned the Bible says All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God So in this case one way that we receive mercy from God is in the form of what we call pardon or forgiveness scholars have actually said that this word mercy in this context right here refers specifically to Christ's pardon for our sins so when we ask Jesus for forgiveness praise God he applies the benefits of what he did on Calvary and he gives us mercy when we receive death he forgives us when we when we really deserve condemnation that is Mercy the 1st thing that the high priest gives us and praise God for forgiveness pardon for sin The 2nd thing that the high priest gives us is Grace but this is not any type of grace this is a specific type of grace where Paul says to find and find Grace notice he says here to help us in our time of need when is it specifically spiritually that we need help in time of need one of the Times is in times of temptation we need help in times of temptation that is what the Bible points out as Grace this is power when the temptation and the struggle comes upon us to over come that temptation Grace specifically in a time of need in the present so the 1st one is mercy for the past. Pardon for our sins the 2nd one is Grace in time of need power over sin and so we can see here in our study guide according to this passage the dual function of Jesus as our High Priest is twofold pardon for sin and power over sin this is something that we need to recognize is a twofold important role of Jesus as our High Priest some some people are wondering what Jesus is doing as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary above while he's appropriating the benefits of Calvary on our behalf and that is number one pardon and number 2 it is power over sin and in order to receive complete deliverance we need both pardon for sin and power over sin now to illustrate this in a certain way let's say I have a a shopping addiction OK and I have 15 credit cards. And anytime a sale comes up by buy it and I apply to the credit card and over a period of time all 15 credit cards are maxed out I have $1100000.00 in credit cards 20 percent interest and and I'm overloaded with this debt let's say a billionaire comes along and says look I'm going to pay it all right and praise God But the problem is I still have a shopping addiction and are going to go out and max out those credit cards again in order to receive total deliverance I need the person to come along and say Not only am I going to pay the $150000.00 in credit card loans I'm going to give you help I'm going to help you overcome the addiction now this is the kind of help that Christ provides for us we come to him a sinner and he says guess what your past no longer condemned your pardon. I'm going to give you something else power over sin in the present and it's Until we understand both roles of Christ as our High Priest that we understand the entirety of what it means to be saved from sin. And power over sin we can see this in other parts of the Bible in your study God 1st John one night if we confess our sins He is faithful and just. To forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all on righteousness so this is the 1st part of what the high priest gives us and I can't tell you how many times in my Christian experience I've had to open my Bible to 1st John 19 and say praise God it is still there say Lord please forgive me for my sins any applies the benefits of the cross to my name he appropriates the provisions of what he did on the cross as my High Priest to David Shinn and that is pardon for sin. The 2nd part of the Gospel is this a Jew 24 now on to him that is able to what is say on the screen to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy reading from a different virgin obviously memorizing to him that is able to keep you from falling so not only does God pardon he gives you power to keep you from following these 2 truths must be understood and it reminds me of this illustration number of years ago many years ago a gentleman by the name of Copernicus found out that the earth is not the center of the universe up to that time many people believe that we were the center of everything from people still believe that but he came to this revolutionary concept and it was known as the Copernican revolution because it revolutionized the way that we saw ourselves in relationship to our solar system and the universe about 75 years later Johannes Kepler a mathematician a German was observing the orbit of the planets around the sun and he came to this interesting observation many people assume that the orbits of the planets around the Sun was a perfect circle but he realized that it was not a perfect circle it was rather what we call an ellipse. An ellipse does not center on one central point it actually centers on 2 central points and came to be the 1st of Kepler's law planetary motion and if you can do this at home if you get to thumb tacks and you get a piece of string in a and a pencil and you centered around those 2 focal points it will make an elliptical circle as it were the important thing for us to recognize is that many truths of the Bible do not center on one central point but rather to let me give you an example of this law and grace 2 points that we need to focus on because some people say we need the law and they do not take into consideration the element of grace and we call that legalism the other side says all we need is Grace we don't need the law anymore and that comes down to what theologians call. Them which means we don't need the law anymore we go out there kill steal commit adultery doesn't matter we need those 2 to keep our Gospel in focus in the same way when it comes to our understanding of what Christ is doing as our mediator as our High Priest we need both of these attributes pardon for sin and power over sin it's in the lips of troop we need both and we need to focus on both in order to come to a proper understanding of what Christ is doing on our behalf remember the woman that was caught in adultery she was dragged before Jesus and cast at Christ's feet. And Jesus addressed the people that were her accusers they ran off ashamed and Christ and the woman stood face to face they were the only ones there and I want you to notice the words of Jesus to this woman found in John Chapter 8 percent to the woman caught in adultery Jesus said Neither do I What does this say condemn you what is that pardon. You are no longer under condemnation you are forgiven you are pardoned for your sin wonderful words from the mouth of Jesus Christ to this woman who was caught in the very act of adultery he says look you're forgiven you're pardoned Neither do I condemn you you are no longer under condemnation anymore but notice the next part go and sin no more that was not a command so much as it was a promise the words of Christ are powerful and he says Neither do I condemn you pardon go and sin no more here we have next to each other pardon for sin and power over soon that Jesus applies to this woman was caught in the very act of adultery the elliptical truth or you lips of truth when it comes to the power over sin and the penalty over sin as well now last year at Michigan conference camp meeting there was a young lady by the name of Danielle that gave a powerful testimony to the young adults that were there she was she was there this she was giving her testimony and she was giving pictures of herself when she was last out in the world trying to find Jesus Christ and this was an image that she wanted to portray and she said that she felt dead inside she had all sorts of addictions all sorts of things that she was involved with that I don't need to go into detail in regarding And she gave some other pictures and you can see here that this is a lady that internally she said she was distressed and she manifested it externally as well as she had all sorts of things that she was dealing with addictions and habits and tendencies in her life and she says that she met Jesus Christ she accepted him as her lord and savior and she was baptized. And the beauty of her testimony is this is that not only did God cleanse her past but gave her power in the present for a radically transformed life praise God and I'm so glad that God offers us both Amen he says your past you know wipe away your present I'm going to give you power to overcome those addictions and praise God Today she has a ministry where she goes from church to church can't meet different to camp meeting telling her testimony about how God has radically transformed her life hardened and victory. The words of Jesus to that woman caught in adultery are true for us today neither do I condemn you pardon from sin go and sin no more and the power of the Gospel Jesus offers to each one of us one invite you to stand with me as we prepare to close this morning every head bowed and eyes closed we want to open the doors of the church today and give you the opportunity to respond to his voice when in but you stand with me just in a moment of meditation every head bowed and eyes closed if there is someone here today and you haven't accepted Christ as your Savior you haven't fully accepted Him as your Savior perhaps there's some things in your past that you're ashamed of there's no sin too great that Jesus cannot forgive a man. And today you can have the promise of a pardon for your life and you want to say Lord Jesus I want to claim your forgiveness I'm going to accept you as my savior if you want to do that today I want to give you the opportunity to respond one invite you to raise your hand by saying Lord Jesus please save me God bless you in the bags or someone else I want to say Lord God bless you want to say Lord please forgive me I want to accept your provision on Calvary God bless shoes or someone else I want to say I want to fully accept you gone here in the front turn all decisions are being made today. Amen. My 2nd appeal is this perhaps you've accepted Jesus as your savior. But there's an area of your life. That you have a challenge with and you need special prayer. Perhaps it's a habit. Perhaps it's something that has a strong hold in your life and you have tried to on your own and today you want to ask Jesus to give you the power in this area of your life and you want to come forward for special prayer saying Lord Jesus I need your help one invite you to come forth this time there's an area of your life gone pleasure and you want to say Lord I want to lay this area on the altar before you I would I need the power over this area of my life God bless you. Jesus is our High Priest and he gives us the power over sin in our lives and you want to say Lord please grant me the victory. And invite you to come forward come bless you. Eternal decisions are being made today. And as we come. We're saying we don't have the ability but Christ has the power. Of our heads as we were in his. Father in heaven we thank you that Jesus saves. We thank you that Jesus saves us. From the penalty of sin he's paid it all we think of that as our High Priest he applies the benefits of what he did on Calvary to our account when we ask him and we ask in pray today that you would forgive us for our sins we claim the promise if we forgive if we confess our sins that you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness we pray that you would help us today as we have come forward asking you to give us the victory in a certain area of our lives that you would do so. We thank you that you not only save us from the past you give us a power in the present and I pray for every individual that's come forward today we pray that you would cleanse us that you will restore us that you would work in and through us that you would grant us the victory because Jesus has promised us total deliverance we claim the promise of Jude $24.00 now and to him that is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy we pray that for every individual day and especially those that have come forward we surrender all and he lay this area on the altar we thank you you have granted us big the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus. For it is. This media was brought to you by audio 1st a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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