The Tabernacle of Jesus Christ
Is Jesus the true fulfillment of God’s promise?
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The tabernacles have been mentioned in the bible since the Old Testament. But what do we know of the purpose of its construction? What does the tabernacle represent? And what is its significance to Jesus and the people’s salvation.
In the modern times, a tabernacle refers to a house of worship; it can be a building or a tent where religious services are being held. A tabernacle may also refer to a shelter or a dwelling place. “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you,” God said as he commanded Moses in Exodus 25:8-9.
The tabernacle was seen by people through various representations. Some people see the tabernacle as a palace for the divine king or as a small version of Eden, while others thought of it as Yahweh’s dwelling place. Nevertheless, every temple and tabernacle serves one purpose, which is to bring forth true worshippers to the Lord.
The tabernacle is a place where God may dwell amongst His people and where the people may connect with Him. But how could God dwell with the people when they are stained with worldly sins? It then comes to light on the other representation of the tabernacle. The tabernacle is God’s plan of salvation to His people. Through His desire to dwell among them, He ordered the construction of the tabernacle as a promise to save those who believed in Him. This is also a foreshadowing of the coming of the savior.
Jesus as the True Tabernacle
Since the Old Testament, God has shown His great desire to dwell with His people. To fulfill this desire, He sent the people the Holy Son, Jesus Christ. But how is Jesus Christ linked to the tabernacle? How did Jesus Christ fulfill God’s desire to dwell with His people?
The passage from John 1:14 perfectly describes the incarnation of Jesus Christ. For God to be with His people, He became man and dwelt among His people. Through Jesus Christ’s teaching, people were brought back to the path of God. It is also through Him that the people were saved from sins. Jesus Christ was a spirit disguised as a man and lived on earth as a man would. He was hounded with temptation but remained sinless, and it is through this that His death was made meaningful and saved the world from sin.
In conclusion, the moment Jesus Christ became man he became the tabernacle that went through pain and suffering to bring the true worshippers to God and save the world form sins. God dwelt among His people through Jesus Christ because those who have seen Jesus Christ have seen God as well.
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Taylor, Justin. 2011. “What Does the Tabernacle Symbolize?” The Gospel Coalition, October 24. Accessed October 4, 2018. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/what-does-the-tabernacle-symbolize/
Gordon, I. “Bible Study: Jesus in the Tabernacle.” Jesus Plus Nothing. Accessed October 4, 2018. http://jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/Tabernacle1.htm