Followers of ‘the Way’ (Part 6) – Face To Face With God
As Jesus was partaking of the last supper with His disciples, he told them He was going away, to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house (Jn 14:1). This filled their hearts with sorrow and Thomas asked with longing, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to Him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn 14:6).
Jesus’ response makes it clear that He was returning to His Father, to be enthroned at His right hand (Ps 110:1; Heb 8:1). Jesus told Peter, ‘you shall follow me afterward’ (Jn 13:36), but reminded all the disciples that He is ‘the only way’. Jesus has entered into the very ‘presence of God for us’ (Heb 9:24) as ‘the forerunner’ (Heb 6:20) to prepare places for us so that we may be with Him where He is (Jn 17:24). It is this work that He has completed for us and in us – symbolized at the altar of sacrifice, the laver, the table of showbread, the candlestick and at the altar of incense – that prepares us to enter with Him behind the veil and stand face to face before His Father in righteousness (Job 19:25-27; Ps 17:15; Mt 5:8).
This daily work of Christ has continued for nearly two thousand years. Christ has been pleading the merits of His blood on behalf of penitent believers forgiving their sins and securing our acceptance with the Father (Eph 1:6-7). But before we can stand face to face with the Father, the yearly work of ‘cleansing the sanctuary’ (Dan 8:14) and purifying us by the ‘spirit of judgment’ (Isa 4:2-4) must be completed. This work Christ will complete before His returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.
In future articles we will more fully examine the Most Holy Place, the mercy seat, the law, the timing of the judgment, Aaron’s rod that budded, the pot of manna and the Day of Atonement.