The materials used
for the gate of the court of the Tabernacle were blue, purple, and
scarlet thread and fine woven linen. The height of the gate was
2.25 m (7.4 feet), and its width was about 9 m (30 feet). It was a screen woven of blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen, which was hung
on four pillars. As such, whenever one tried to enter into the court
of the Tabernacle, he/she could easily find its gate.
The materials of blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen used for the gate
of the Tabernacle manifest that God would save us from all our sins
through the four works of His Son Jesus.
First, what does the
blue thread show us? It shows us a part of the truth on Jesus, who
became the actual Messiah of sinners, coming to this earth and taking
upon the sins of the world by receiving His baptism from John. In
fact, this baptism that Jesus received from John at the Jordan River
is the truth of Jesus taking upon all the sins of the world once
for all. Jesus actually bore all the sins of the world on His shoulder
by being baptized by John the Baptist, the representative of all
mankind. Because the sins of all human beings were thus passed onto
Christ's own head, those who believe in this truth have no sin in
Second, what is the
actual meaning of the purple thread woven into the gate of the Tabernacle's
court? It tells us that Jesus is the actual King of kings. Jesus,
in fact, did make the universe, is the Creator Himself, not a creation,
and is the actual Messiah who came to this earth. He, the Messiah,
actually came to this earth already in the likeness of a human flesh.
And by bearing all the sins of the world on His own body through
the baptism that He received from John, and with His sacrificing
death and resurrection, Jesus has saved all His people, who have
recognized, feared, and believed in their Messiah, from all their
sins and their judgment of sin.
Jesus is in fact our
absolute God and absolute Messiah. He is the absolute Savior. Because
Jesus took all our sins of the world upon Himself with His baptism,
by bleeding and dying on the Cross and resurrecting from His death,
He not only cleansed away all our sins, but He also received the
vicarious judgment of sin in our place.
The scarlet thread,
thirdly, refers to the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross, and its
meaning is that Christ has given new life those of us who believe.
This truth of the scarlet thread tells us that Jesus Christ not
only received the judgment of our own sins by taking the sins of
the world on Himself with His baptism received from John, but He
also gave new life to believers by bestowing the life-giving faith
to those who had died to sin. To those who believe in His baptism
and the blood that He shed, Jesus has indeed given new life.
What, then, does the
fine woven linen mean? It manifests that with the New Testament,
God fulfilled His promise of salvation written in the Old Testament.
And it tells us that when Jesus took all the sins of the world upon
Himself with His baptism and was judged for our sins on the Cross
in the New Testament, He fulfilled the salvation that God had promised
to the Israelites and us with His Word of covenant.
Yahweh God said in
Isaiah 1:18, "'Come now, and let us reason together,' Says
the LORD, 'Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white
as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.'"
Also, the Old Testament's sacrificial system governing how the sacrifices
are offered in the Tabernacle, under which the sins of the people
of Israel were passed onto the sacrificial lamb with the laying
of hands, was the promise that God made to the Israelites and us.
This was God's revelation of the promise that He would save all
the people of the world from their daily sins and yearly sins through
the Lamb of God in the future.
This was also the sign
of the promised Messiah to come. So in the New Testament's time,
when Jesus Christ took all the sins of the world upon Himself all
at once by receiving His baptism according to the way of the Old
Testament, it was the accomplishment of God's covenant. Having given
us all His Word of promise, God has shown us that He has actually
fulfilled them all, exactly as He had promised. The baptism that
Jesus received manifests this truth, that the God of covenant has
fulfilled all His covenants.
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