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The Golden Thread - Leviticus - Reveals Jesus Christ as the Offering and the High Priest (an excerpt)  April 14, 2014  (14.4.14)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

(excerpt taken from pages 14-19)

“. . . Another law for the Priest was that they were to be ceremonially cleansed when performing offerings to God (Leviticus 21:6, 22:1ff, and Numbers 18:1ff). The Levitical Priest was not allowed to touch anyone or anything considered unclean. Momentarily, this significant point will become greatly meaningful when we get to Jesus’ first resurrection encounter with Mary of Magdala.

The Nation of Israel went so far as to “whitewash” their sepulchers, making them clearly visible, so no one would accidentally come into contact with them and be considered unclean and consequently unable to participate in the offerings on their holy days. It is interesting to recall the vivid example Jesus gave about the feistiness of the Pharisees, accrediting them with the title of “whited sepulchres,” who “indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). 
        
Now commences a wonderful morning’s encounter. Mary Magdalene who was the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection (Mark 16:9), broke all tradition and protocol, actually defiling herself by approaching the sepulcher looking for her Lord’s body, saying, “I know not where they have laid him” (John 20:13). 

John 20:14-16:
-14: And when she had thus said she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
-15: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence {carried the body of Jesus away}, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
-16: Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
        
That morning, Mary did not know Jesus until he spoke her name, which turned her mourning and sorrowful tears into joyful elation seeing that her Lord was alive! Jesus’ once brutalized body was now resurrected and whole as he spoke to her with his voice of comfort. Recall Jesus said of his sheep that they would “know his voice” in John 10:4.
       
Mary, she heard his voice, and she answered ― Master!

Has Jesus also spoken to your heart?
Have you heard his pleasant voice, perfectly pitched to your (spiritual) ears?
Have you answered his call?
Have you opened the door of your heart?

For you ― God sent His only begotten Son.
For you ― Jesus gave his life!
For you ― God raised Jesus up from the dead!
 
From the isle of Patmos, Jesus said, “I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:17-18).
       
So, this is why I am asking:
Have you found him in the Scriptures?
Have you seen the living Christ in the Word?
Have you heard him?
Have you answered him?
Did you know Jesus is at the door of your inner heart?
       
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
       
An interesting side note is that Jesus had four separate women named Mary in his life. They are as follows:
       
Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).
Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala (Mark 16:9, John 20:18).
Mary who was Lazarus’ and Martha’s sister (Luke 10:39, 42, and John 11:1-12:3).
Mary who was the wife of Cleopas, (John 19:25), and the mother of James the less (junior) and Joses (Matthew 27:56); this Mary is referred to as “the other Mary” (Matthew 28:1).
       
There are two other women named Mary in the New Testament, but there is no biblical evidence they ever knew Jesus when he walked. One is Mary the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12), and the other Mary lived in Rome, the Apostle Paul greets her in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:6).

John 20:17:
Jesus saith unto her {Mary}, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
       
What was Jesus referring to when he said in John 20:17 above, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God? This relates to Jesus being the High Priest, and he still needed to present himself as the firstfruits from the dead later that same day, the first day of the week after the Passover as prescribed by Old Testament Law (See above Leviticus 23:10-11). This is why Jesus in the bloom of his morning glory would not allow Mary to touch him, for Mary was just at the sepulcher. Mary would have caused Jesus to be ceremonially unclean in the function and duties of the High Priest.
       
As Israel would not touch the barley harvest until the Priest offered the firstfruits of the sheaf to God, Christ Jesus was not to be touched until he offered himself as the firstfruits from out of the ground, being himself the risen High Priest. Wherein, “there ariseth {in resurrection} another priest {Christ Jesus} who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless {indissoluble} life” (Hebrews 7:15-16).
       
Later in the Gospels, Christ Jesus openly invited people to touch him, he even allowed the Apostle Thomas to put his finger into where the spikes went through his hands. Thomas also felt with his own hands precisely where the sword of the Roman solder slashed into his side (John 20:25-28). The Apostle John states that, “our hands have handled, of the word of life” (I John 1:1), referring to himself and others touching the resurrected Christ.
       
After Christ performed the wave offering, offering himself as the firstfruits from the dead, he earned eternal Redemption for all of humanity who would answer his call.

I Corinthians 15:20:
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept {in the grave, or gravedom, for their ascent is now assured in Christ Jesus’ rising}.
       
Jesus was the firstfruits from the dead, raised by God! As such, he needed to perform his duties, prefigured in Leviticus (See Hebrews 10:1), as the High Priest before ascending into Heaven. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is {now} passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God” (Hebrews 4:14).

Hebrews 9:11-15, 24:
-11: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle {his resurrected body}, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
-12: Neither by the blood of goats and calves {as the Levitical Priest and the people freely offered, had}, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
-13: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
-14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit {God} offered himself without spot to God, purge {cleanse} your conscience from dead works {detailed in the Book of Leviticus, and throughout the Old Testament} to serve the living God?
-15: And for this cause he {Christ Jesus} is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of {his} death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

-24: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands {the physical temple that was in Jerusalem}, which are the figures of the true {temple in the heavenlies}; but {Christ Jesus went} into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
       
Without any exaggeration, every person, every offering, every sacrifice, and everything that has a surrogate relationship to the Temple were foreshadows to the true likeness or characteristics of the life of Jesus himself. Jesus was the absolute Ark of the Covenant between God and man. Jesus was the actual Tabernacle, the indisputable living Temple of God, the legitimate Mercy Seat, and the real Altar.
       
Jesus’ own body represented all the genuine Holy Vessels of the Sanctuary. His sinless blood was for the complete and dependable Forgiveness of sins, the just Atonement and total Propitiation for the sin nature and humiliation implanted in man since his fall.
       
Jesus’ flesh was for the true healing of many as it also was the authentic Veil of the Temple, for he is man’s unquestionable entrance wholly - into the Holy of Holies, and gave man the rights - to the righteousness and presence - and presents - that come from Almighty God!
       
The more we find the marquetry of Jesus Christ inlaid within the Scriptures the greater he reveals his heavenly Father Who then draws us ever closer to Himself. The Scriptures reveal Christ and he reveals his Father in the hearts of our understanding.
      
It is exciting when we recall what Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him {through me to Him}.”
        
Not only was Christ the firstfruits, but God has also drawn and given to us the “firstfruits of the spirit” (Romans 8:23). Because of Christ, we now in grace stand before God and He sees us with Christ in us, purely innocent and holy.
       
When Christ Jesus, the prophesied High Priest, waved the offering of himself as the firstfruits from the ground (the dead), our shortcomings, and our sins were also waived so we may stand, justly with Christ Jesus in God’s presence, never to again offer any sacrifices, but to accept the one and only one that suffices for all eternity.
       
In God’s eyes we are “a kind of firstfruits” (James 1:18) i.e., the kind of firstfruits God has chosen before the world began to become His own beloved children. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:3-5).

When we have the inner desire to know our Savior, Jesus Christ who offered himself for us, he begins filling us with the truths that he gave everything he had in this world, including his very own life, so that we may walk with God. Christ Jesus is now in the eternal presence of God, and always he is ― for us. . .”

“. . . A Preface:

“THE truth of the Lord’s coming runs like a golden thread from Genesis to Revelation. It is not a new doctrine, but an old truth . . . May we see how full the Scripture is of it, and how it runs like a golden thread.” William G. Carr / June 1894

Our intent in this series is to find and then highlight Scripture and follow its woven course through the Bible concerning Jesus Christ, noticing how these Scriptures relate to the whole of the Golden Thread who is Jesus Christ, thereby uncovering the inherent knitted tapestry of Christ that is displayed throughout God’s Word.

Our aim through this approach is in the pursuit of the thread that holds the living Word together, for then the larger mural of the life of Christ and what he has accomplished for humanity is brought clearly into focus.
 
In the course of this series as we pass through all of the books of the Bible, we will highlight a theme from each book, such as this study in the Book of Genesis. Our focal point will be to emphasize the singular aspect of Jesus Christ as the Promised Seed. Indeed, there are hundreds of thousands of subjects in Genesis and all of them do relate to Christ in various meaningful ways. However, our endeavor is to “figuratively” point a telescope at a single thread and bring this into a clear focus. Then we will hold a microscope over that particular focused concept to clearly view a detail of our wonderful Savior. With this approach, we will actually be magnifying, one by one, biblical concepts, concepts that were previously unclear or totally unrealized, and these will be cataloged for you throughout this series.
 
As an example, in Genesis we will begin following the thread of the Promised Seed who is Jesus Christ, searching for wherever the path itself leads and thereon we will be guided into both the Gospels and the New Testament; this research method will be followed through from Genesis to Revelation.
 
Learning about Jesus Christ from only the Gospels can greatly confine and blur one’s complete vision of him. Often the Gospels give a summation of the life of Jesus, whereas the why and the purpose and the reason for God sending His Son are largely offered to us in extraordinary details throughout the Old Testament Scriptures and further ahead in the New Testament Scriptures. If we were to only look at the Gospels in a search for Jesus Christ, we may end up drawing conclusions devoid of all the contributing factors and perhaps only understanding about half of the story of his life’s purpose as it relates to you ― personally.
 
In The Golden Thread series, we will bring out new insight regarding Jesus by viewing him through both the Old and New Testaments to see the purpose, the prophecies, and the reason why God sent His Son into the world, and then a more palpable representation of him comes into the spotlight to enlighten our day-to-day walks with God which is our goal as believing Christians.

Honestly now, consider this with me; Would it benefit you and me if I framed only a small part of a great masterpiece and still call it a priceless work of art? Oh, let us say for illustration, what if I framed only one square inch of Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” masterpiece, viewing only a piece of one sunflower and some of the background, and placed this up on my wall? How would any of the guests in my home recognize what I had framed? Could you honestly enjoy and appreciate the scope and beauty of the whole artwork with ninety-five percent of the master’s brushstrokes missing? How could that inspire a connection to his masterwork, and to the brilliance of the artist himself?

In The Golden Thread, we view Jesus of Nazareth through the entire Bible (a widescreen version), rather than viewing him from just the Gospels because the Gospels are only a part of the whole portrait of our Redeemer, and then we present to you a most clear and enlarged illustration of him that will enlighten you with opened windows allowing in the fresh air and light to reveal hidden truths that reflect upon his heart and purpose that connects you ― to him.
 
Our endeavor will be to discover for ourselves the comfort provided by The Comforter as we come to know the Son of God who will truly link our searching thoughts together with those of ― our Creator.

The inlayed thread-mark of Christ has no end, for he is woven contiguously back and forth through the fibrous pages of Holy Writ, ever rejuvenating the human heart with revelations and godly insights. Thus, the revelation of Jesus Christ being the Golden Thread starts at the borders of prophecy as he forms cords of a safety net that secures man’s entrance into eternity. As we proceed through the books of the Bible, we will be examining within the Scriptures its inherent story showcased within to discover and enjoy the embrace of the living Christ.

The Golden Thread is written as a layman’s commentary to guide the reader through the accomplishments of Jesus of Nazareth for the redemption of searching men and women.

Jesus is the principle figure, holding every fragment of the Scripture together in perfect harmony, for he is “the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:24). Thus, without him there is no spiritual power or wisdom that may be truly gained in regards to heavenly ordained truths that are imparted to believers through understanding the complete Christ of Scripture.

As we discover the Redeemer in the Scriptures, he then reveals true hope and joy within our souls and gives soothing relief from confusion and uncertainty regarding the individual believer’s ultimate destiny.

The Golden Thread is not written to cater to any particular set of religious beliefs, but rather crosses religious boundaries and preset dogmas in the exploration to enlighten searching souls with the Bible’s inherent narrative of our Savior.

This series highlights the Bible with understandable passages to augment biblical perimeters of thought and provide avenues into Christ’s life to portray what he accomplished for the salvation of the world.

The Golden Thread presents Jesus Christ as a true and totally complete Savior and allows his-story to come alive within the heart of one’s understanding.

Our goal through the Scriptures is to equip the reader with the keys to make a spiritual connection with the living Christ and the God of heaven and creation.

With the Just One as our guide, we will also find him to be our open Door, and through him we discover heavenly love, peace, joy, grace, and hope as is revealed throughout the Scriptures.  

“The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth” Acts 22:14

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Jesus Christ

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