Jesus Opens Up the Priesthood to All

While only those of the Levite clan could serve as priests in the Old Testament, things change in the New Testament when God takes the non-levitical Jesus and makes Him a king/priest forever. As Hebrews says, Jesus “has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the…

Temple #4: Christian Bodies

In the last few days we’ve talked about how God’s presence was found in the temple of Eden, the Tabernacle, and Solomon’s temple. With all of this as our backdrop, we can now get to the symbolic reports that followed Jesus’ death, starting with the curtain. In all of God’s manmade temples the Holy of…

Temple #3: The Permanent Temple

Eventually God’s presence moved into a permanent structure that King Solomon had built. After this new glorious temple was built, a worship service was held in which the ark of the covenant was brought into the new Holy of Holies. Songs were played by a giant band and sacrifices were made beyond number as the…

The Scene of the Resurrection

  There are a few interesting Biblical callbacks it seems John is giving us as he paints for us Jesus’ tomb—that is, the scene of the resurrection. As we look at these possible references, we retrace the presence of God throughout history and pinpoint it on Jesus. Furthermore, we come to see Jesus’ role in…