Scripture Passage: Exodus 26:31
Every detail and intricately placed furnishing in the Old Testament tabernacle tells us something about Jesus Christ.
In Exodus 26, the veil that divides the golden altar and the Ark of the Covenant illustrate the body of Jesus—specifically, the incarnation of His flesh.
The colors of the tabernacle veil have rich meaning behind them, and reflect something of Jesus Christ. “You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen…” (Exodus 26:31).
The blue speaks of Heaven, and tells us that Christ is the Son of God from Heaven. As a royal color, purple speaks of the sovereignty of Jesus; He is the King of kings. Scarlet speaks of Jesus’ sacrificial blood which redeemed the world. And the linen, being white, speaks of Jesus’ sinless, pure and righteous nature.
This veil was suspended on four pillars (see Exodus 26:32), which speaks of the four Gospels that present Jesus’ story. The cherubims designed on the veil were angelic creatures used to guard the holiness and sanctity of God.
This veil was positioned between the holy place and the most holy; it was the divider between sinful man and holy God. This tells us that Jesus is the perfect standard of holiness, and only because He met this standard are we able to enter.
Jesus’ righteousness keeps us out before salvation; His righteousness imputed to believers lets us in after salvation.
Hebrews 10:19-20 says, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…”
When Jesus died, the temple veil was torn in two, top to bottom (see Matthew 27:50-51). Man could not have done this—only God could have parted it this way.
It is only through Jesus that we may come into the Holy of Holies. With His own precious blood, Jesus atoned for our sins, once and for all (see Hebrews 9:23-28).
Even now, alive in Heaven, Jesus continues to advocate for us. He has completed the work for our salvation, and soon, He will be crowned in glory.
Adrian Rogers says, “You are not saved by learning lessons from the life of Jesus; you’re saved by receiving life from the death of Jesus.”
Worship Jesus today and thank Him for His completed and continuing work.