The goal of our Christian journey is to get to the spiritual mountain where we can see the vision of New Jerusalem. This journey is portrayed by Israel traveling from Egypt to Mt. Sinai to receive the vision of the tabernacle. The tabernacle they built was merely a shadow of New Jerusalem, the eternal “tabernacle of God” (Rev. 21:3).
When Israel heard God’s speaking, they replied “All the words which Jehovah has spoken we will do” (Exo. 24:3). However, they were spiritually blind, not realizing that as fallen men they could not fulfill God’s law. The condition of fallen man is presented in Romans 3:9-20, concluding “no flesh shall be justified before Him.”
Moses knew both God and the people of Israel, “So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, Here is the blood of the covenant, which Jehovah has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
Besides the blood, there were the burnt offerings. These are a picture of Jesus Christ as the person absolute for God. We cannot be absolute for God even when we want to be. He, as the burnt offering, is our replacement and we are identified with Him.
Leviticus 1:3-4 speaks about the offerer of a burnt offering: “…he shall present it, a male without blemish…that he may be accepted before Jehovah. And he shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him…”
Jesus Christ is the “male without blemish” before God. He is accepted for us (v. 4) that we may be accepted before God (v. 3). This acceptance results when we “lay our hand on His head.” This is to pray, confessing that we are not and HE IS, and to praise that what HE IS, is available to us.
Taking Christ as our burnt offering is part of our journey to see New Jerusalem.
Photo in Ireland by Toby Shelton.