Christ The High Priest
by Wayne Blank
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come"
In the Temple (see Temples) a dividing wall separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (see Layout Of The Temple). Although the wall had a door, which was always kept open, a curtain, or veil, was hung over the entrance as a screen. It was lifted only once a year by the high priest when he entered into the Sanctuary on The Day Of Atonement. As described in the opening paragraph, it was that veil that was miraculously torn at the moment that the Messiah's sacrifice for humanity was complete.
Why was it torn?
First, the meaning of the ritual symbolism that foreshadowed the coming Messiah:
"Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made [see The Tabernacle In The Wilderness]; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread [see Bread of the Presence]; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and The Ark Of The Covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant [see The Ten Commandments and The Ten Commandments Now?, also What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?]; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing The Mercy Seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly."
It was the Messiah's sacrifice that opened The Way to God:
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way [see also Covenant and Testament], which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God [see "My Father's House"]; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works [see Believers]: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
Fact Finder: The Lord commanded that both the Tabernacle and the Temple faced east. Why?