Yesterday we went to Messiah’s Mansion with a group from our church. Their website is here and I highly recommend that you check it out because I don’t remember all of the scripture references, but they’re on their website. There are Bible studies on the sanctuary there, too. I completed the first one today and I felt that it was very informative. I have never really studied the sanctuary because I, wrongly, thought that it was no longer important. So I learned a lot yesterday.
Messiah’s Mansion assembles a portable sanctuary wherever they go so that you can see the temple that God had Moses build in Exodus 25. The altar was constructed on the north side of the temple, as instructed by God. It is symbolic of Christ when He took our sins upon Himself and died for us. When Jesus was crucified, He was crucified on the north side of the city.
When the sacrificial blood was sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant, the blood was sprinkled on God’s back (the cherub was symbolic of God). When Jesus was sacrificed for us He became sin, so when His blood was poured out for us, God’s back was turned. The gentleman leading our tour said that this was why in Mark 15:34 Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It was the first time that He could not see or speak with His Father and it broke His heart. If you go back and read my post, Unexpected Blessings, you can read another reason that He cried out.
I do wish that there was a bit more interaction because my little ones lost interest after the first two sets, but my husband, my twelve year old, and I really enjoyed it. It ignited in me a desire to really study the sanctuary and learn how it points to Jesus. Jesus is our sanctuary and if He lives in us then we become a temple. We should know and understand why.