Leviticus 21-22, Matthew 28

Leviticus 21:21
No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the Lord. He has a defect; he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.

The picture here is not to be misunderstood. God has great compassion for those who are born into misfortune. The point in all of this, is to clearly understand that God is pure and holy and unblemished. It is to point out, how imperfection cannot have an intimate relationship with a perfect God. Again, all pointing to the need for Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can perfect our imperfect souls.

Leviticus 22:9
“They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby, if they profane it: I the Lord sanctify them.

The word ‘sanctify’ means ‘to make holy, to set apart as sacred’. The only one who can do such a thing is the Lord, through His Son Jesus.

Leviticus 22:32
You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you,

Clearly it is the Lord who is holy, and He wants to be represented accordingly. The only way it is possible for us to do this is: first, come to faith in Jesus Christ who is our righteousness, and second, live our lives in accordance to God’s word. When this is genuinely happening, others will take notice.

Matthew 28:5-6
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

On the last stop of our tours in Israel, we visit what is believed to be the site of the garden tomb in Jerusalem, where Jesus was laid to rest, and rose from the dead. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the foundation of our faith. Without it, as the apostle Paul said, we are to be a people most pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). Jesus’s death on the cross dealt with the sin of the world. His resurrection, validated everything He said would happen. The empty tomb represents the defeat of death and the certainty of our resurrection into eternal life. It is a most glorious truth!

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