Yahushua: Our Great High Priest
The infinite wisdom and limitless love of Yahuwah devised a plan whereby sinful, fallen man could be restored to divine favor. This plan embraced far more than the legal redemption of mankind from the control of Satan. It also called for the restoration of the divine character within the human soul. It is this hope, full restoration back to the divine image, to which Paul referred. And it is this work that Yahushua is engaged in right now. To teach the intricacies of the plan of salvation, Yahuwah commanded Moses to build a tabernacle whose services and very construction would instruct humanity in the truths of salvation. “Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8, NKJV) The highlight of these sacred services was the yearly ceremony observed on Day of Atonement. This was the most solemn day of the entire year. It was a day of fear and trembling . . . as well as tremendous spiritual blessing. It was preceded by deep and heartfelt soul-searching and prayerful repentance for sin. It was on the Day of Atonement that those sins which had been repented of were blotted out – both from the record books in Heaven as well as the character of the individual. This tremendous gift, accepted by faith, allowed the people to start with a clean slate once each year. Those who had transferred their sins to the sanctuary ahead of time, through confession and repentance, could claim by faith a renewed heart. This is the work, the special work of cleansing, done on the Day of Atonement and it is available now to all who, like ancient Israel, will join in the work of soul-searching and repentance. During the daily services of the tabernacle, the sins of the repentant were legally transferred to the sanctuary by the blood of animals: lambs, goats and bullocks. Blood was carried into the Holy Place and the repentant sinner was considered forgiven, although the record of his sin remained. On Day of Atonement, the High Priest went into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle. He went in only once every year but it was this service that showed the blotting out of sins available.
Now . . . the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle [the Holy Place], performing the services. But into the second part [the Most Holy Place] the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. (Hebrews 9:6-8, NKJV) The earthly tabernacle was given to teach of the legal transactions done in the Heavenly sanctuary to save sinners. The services of the earthly tabernacle were done with the blood of lambs. The services of the Heavenly are done with the blood of Yahushua Himself, the “Lamb of Yah that takes away the sin of the world.” (See John 1:29.) The earthly sanctuary was symbolic of what would be done in the Heavenly after the death of Yahushua. It [the earthly sanctuary] was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience – concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:9, 10, NKJV) The blood of animals could, in actual fact, cleanse no one from sin. They did not have that power. They were merely symbols pointing forward to the ultimate sacrifice for sin: Yahushua. For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purged, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Hebrews 10:1-4, NKJV)
Only the blood of Yahushua can cleanse from sin. Those who came to the earthly sanctuary exercised faith that when the Saviour did come, then the final forgiveness, cleansing and restoration could take place. But [Yahushua] came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the great and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of [Yahushua], who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to [Yahuwah], purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living [El]? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:11-15, NKJV) If the blood of animals was accepted to cleanse people from their sins by faith, how much more accepted is the blood of Yah’s own Son to forgive and cleanse people? “According to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission” of sins. (Hebrews 9:22) Because the blood of Yahushua has been shed, there is no condemnation of those who, through faith in Him, have repented of their sins and accepted His forgiveness and cleansing. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Yahushua the Anointed, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (See Romans 8:1.) After Yahushua, the Lamb of Yah, died for the sins of the world, He returned to the Heavenly sanctuary. There He entered the Heavenly Sanctuary to make atonement for you and for all sinners who seek Him. What had been done for believers through faith in the coming Saviour, now could be done in reality. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For [Yahushua] has
not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of [El] for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9:23-26, NKJV) Yahushua’s death on the cross was a one-time death. Never again would He have to die. He, the perfect Lamb, was offered once for the transgression of many. Now pardon, full and free, is offered to all who come to Him and, by faith, accept the gift, bought at so high a cost, yet so freely and graciously offered. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, KJV) [A]s it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so [Yahushua] was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. (Hebrews 9:27-28, NKJV) Scripture presents Yahushua as standing in the presence of Yahuwah, even now offering His blood as an atonement for your sins. He is waiting, with longing heart, to cleanse and restore all who come to Him in faith. The earthly sanctuary pointed forward to what is NOW available and only awaiting your acceptance of it by faith. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of [El], from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering [His death] He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says [Yahuwah]: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:11-18, NKJV) When Yahushua comes in the clouds of Heaven, the judgment will be over. It will have already been decided who are to be declared forgiven and who remain guilty forever. One of the last statements of Yahushua recorded in Scripture makes this clear: “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12, KJV) In order for the Saviour to bring His reward with Him, it follows that it will already have been determined who receives which reward: who is granted eternal life, and who will be consumed in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels. Now, while mercy still lingers, it is time to make your calling and election sure. Search your heart, confess your wrongs and repent. Plead with Yahuwah in prayer: “Search me, O [El], and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23, 24, KJV)
The final generation consists of those who are called out of Babylon. They are called out of the fallen churches; they are called out of tradition, error, sin and apostasy. And, as they respond to the call to leave Babylon and return obedience to their Creator, a wonderful transformation is wrought: they are gifted with cleansing, total and complete. They are given a new heart and a new spirit. They are restored to the image of the divine. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them . . . and you shall be My people, and I will be your [Elohim]. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. (Ezekiel 36:2429, NKJV) This is what your Saviour is waiting to do for you. He wants to give you a clean heart, and a right spirit. He wants to restore in you the divine image of Yahuwah. Accept the loving invitation today. Repent. Be cleansed. And you will be accepted in the Beloved.