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Jesus has fulfilled the Old Testament

Read John 14:1-14

When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”, He wasn’t kidding! He is the only path there is to the person of the Father and to a relationship with Him. The only way to know God is to know Jesus - by His Spirit. "This is eternal life: that they *know* You - the only true God - and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3) The Jewish people used these names (the way, the truth and the life) for the entrances to their temple. So, when Jesus made this declaration, they would immediately have known that He was saying that He was the foundation of their faith. They still know them as:

  1. The Way – leading into the main court, a place where sins were atoned for.
  2. The Truth – leading into the Holy Place, finding bread, light and incense.
  3. The Life – leading to the person and presence of God Himself.

Historical background of the tabernacle

Under the old covenant, God told Moses how to build the tabernacle (tent) and all its furnishings. It was a portable sanctuary, where God lived among His people while they trekked across the desert. The tabernacle was God's home on earth, which He filled with His glory. Eventually, the people entered and possessed the land that God had promised them. Almost five hundred years later, Solomon replaced the tabernacle with a temple to house the "Ark of the Covenant". At the opening of the temple, God's glory filled that too. (2 Chronicles 5:14) This was to be the place, ordained by God, where His people would bring their sacrifices; where the priests served Him and where God Himself was present.

Three entrances

The tabernacle was designed by God with three entrances. The first one took the worshipper into the main court, where burnt offerings and sacrifices were made to atone for the sins of the people. A second entrance then led into "The Holy Place". Inside stood the table of "show-bread", the altar of incense and the menorah (golden lamp stand). There too, was the huge curtain leading to the "Holy of Holies" where God Himself was present. Only the high priest was permitted to venture here and that only once a year, after he had first made sure that he had been ritually "cleansed" on behalf of himself and the people. If the high priest had entered behind the curtain with any trace of sin, he would have been killed instantly, unable to survive in the presence of I AM (Jehovah) Himself.

These three entrances were placed, one after the other, leading to the Father and the way of reconciliation. In John 14:6, Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life. Click on the button below to open a new tab in your browser that shows a visual representation of the tabernacle (or temple) and its three entrances.

The Tabernacle

 

No worries

Let not your heart be troubled.” (John 14:1)

Jesus has told us not to allow our hearts to become troubled. It must, therefore, be possible not to let our hearts be troubled. Jesus wouldn’t have said this if it was impossible to achieve. The word "heart" doesn’t refer to the organ that pumps blood around our bodies, but to our mind, will and emotions. Whether you believe it or not, it is possible not to let our emotions and thoughts become traumatised. We are the ones who have control of our minds and hearts. Jesus explains to us how this is possible.

Believe! Faith in God is the victory that overcomes the world and all its troubles. (1 John 5:4) We can actually cast all our cares and concerns onto the broad shoulders of Jesus (Compare 1 Peter 5:7.) The prophet, Isaiah, talks prophetically about God's "anointed one" (Messiah) being a "suffering servant": “Surely He has borne our griefs [sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses] and carried our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:4) The good news is, that Jesus has fulfilled this prophecy and borne them. So why do we still feel so devastated at times and feel that our hearts must surely explode with the hurt of it all? Jesus felt everything as deeply as we do, but He had a "God perspective". He never allowed those feelings to take over and control His life, but constantly had His purpose in focus. Could it be that we don’t totally trust Him with the things that are causing the pain? The disciples were devastated when Jesus died. His words hadn’t helped them because they hadn’t listened to them with faith. (Hebrews 4:2)

Perhaps we don’t yet have absolute confidence that He is able to deal with the things that concern us. We think that we must surely try our hardest to sort it out ourselves and help God along! Jesus is more than capable of sorting out our concerns - for partners, children, parents, friends, housing difficulties, food shortages, or any trouble that we may have. The real difficulty that we face is that we do not cling to, rely on, or trust God with absolute confidence. But, that is why He left the Holy Spirit with us; this is what He does. (John 14:16)

The reason that Jesus told us not to let our hearts become troubled is so that we can be free from all those fears and anxieties that just bring torment to us. We were not designed to worry. Our bodies are destroyed by it, in fact – ask any doctor. Stress is the most common cause of death. Father cares so much for us all, that He has made a way for us to be free from it. It’s hard to let go of things sometimes, because our brains seem to be working overtime – thinking – thinking – thinking! In fact, our thoughts can fly around so much that they become a tangled mess, like "silly string": knotted, tangled and a useless mess! But... we can make a decision to refuse to fear, no matter what we may be facing. Other people and circumstances cannot trouble us, unless we allow them to divert our attention from the Lord and His word. (Isaiah 26:3)

Why not make a decision today that you will choose to trust God? When that feeling of panic or fear shoots up out of nowhere, say: “No. God has promised. I refuse to fear. There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) Speak out the truth to yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and then follow His leading and His focus in the situation. It may take a while for your feelings to change, but they will - so long as you keep remembering: You can, because Jesus said you can!

There is no other way to be free to live in that “peace that passes all understanding” - “peace that will guard your heart and mind.” (Philippians 4:7)

The Hebrew word for peace is "shalom" and it is defined by Strong as, “completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony and the absence of any agitation or discord". (Strong's Concordance, 7965)

The peace that we can have is just one decision away and comes through an understanding that Jesus has truly borne all our troubles.


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