As modern-day Gentile believers it might be difficult to recognize the magnitude of Christ’s accomplishments on the cross.
Exodus can catch us up (all verses from ESV).
The Priests’ Holy garments fashioned for glory and for beauty (28:2)
So many meticulous rules so “that he [the priest] does not die” (28:35)
Many steps, rules, cleansings, cautions “that they may be accepted before the Lord.” (28:38)
Without these, “lest they bear guilt and die” (28:43)
Chapter 29 continues with the requirements for priests and with them the ability to approach God with request and submission – blood, rituals, and more blood for 7 days!
“And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” (29:46)
A reminder of the original passover, one of many shedding of blood events in a scarlet thread that ties the fall to the cross to salvation. My salvation.
Christ fulfilled it all, and Acts 1 brings us to the beginning of a new era. One where priests no longer stood between.
“He presented himself alive to them after his suffering” (Acts 1:3)
Not a dead sacrifice from the Old Covenant, but a living fulfillment.
Lord, God, thank you for standing in my place, for removing the reliance on imperfect sacrifices. Help me not forget the price you paid, and the significance of it in my personal eternal destination. Use me to flood this truth on those around me as well, inside and outside my home that they may see Your love clearly replicated in my daily living. ~Amen