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31 March, 2013

The Heavenly Sanctuary - Celebrating Easter


The Heavenly Sanctuary
Hebrews 9:11-15

 
Empty tomb - courtesy of http://www.squidoo.com/easter2
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater 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 Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 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.

I find the King James Version of Hebrews 9 so beautifully crafted. So my quote above is directly from the King James Version. Christ death was necessary to redeem us from the dominion of darkness. But today we can rejoice because He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our high priest of the good things to come.

I just want to shout it out to all who can hear “don’t look for Him in the tomb, He is risen.” What’s beautiful about Easter is that while He is in heaven as our high priest interceding for us, He is also equally right here on earth with us. He is equally right here in our heart. Not part of Him but to each one of who wants Him, we possess Christ in His fullness. Do you understand the beauty of walking inside of Christ? He could not be nearer to us. Yet, I have to admit it, while I myself know too well what it means to see myself inside of Him with all the protection and authority that comes with being in Christ, sometimes life gets the best of me, and I forget to live out the beauty, the power and security I have in Him.
So this year, let’s not celebrate Easter and put it away for next year. Let’s remember for us Christians, Easter is every day as we make Christ our living God and living hope. May our lives reflect the beauty, the passion, and the truth of the empty grave.