The Tabernacle of God—the Tent, the
Meeting Place—is our precious Lord Jesus Christ! The disciple, John, told us in his gospel (verse 14) that God pitched His Tent—Jesus—with us. In the Revelation given to John, he shared the vision of the Tabernacle descending permanently as mankind’s dwelling. The richness of considering Christ as the Tabernacle is more than we can grasp—but let’s look to our fullest!
The ’tent’ picture first appeared when the delivered nation of
Israel chose to worship the work of their hands: the calf idol formed from golden treasures. Moses, after giving God’s rebuke, pitched the ‘Tent of Meeting’ outside the camp. Moses sought the Lord inside that Tent; those who chose to seek God’s direction went to the Tent. Indeed, the picture still speaks truth: we must go beyond our earthly securities and beyond our chosen idols to meet with God!
After the Tent of Meeting, God gave Moses instructions for the Tabernacle that would become the center of
Israel’s lives. Every aspect of the Tabernacle pattern speaks of Christ. From the outer boundary to the Holy of Holies, pictures of Christ emanate from the Tabernacle design. Separation, cleansing, sacrifice, worship, holiness—Jesus Christ is all and in all! Just as the Tabernacle was at the center of the nation of Israel’s life, Christ is to be at the center of our life. He is to be our all and in all—and, believe it or not, that means more than just being the center of our life!
God has even greater plans and purposes for the Tabernacle than it being the center of life! The birth of Christ—the incarnation—gives even more breath-taking revelations of Tabernacle truths. Christ as the Center of our lives is a beginning, not an end! All the fullness of God came to dwell in a human tent at the birth of Jesus. As the Tabernacle, Jesus is the very life of God. Our Creator not only wants us to place Him at the center of our lives—He wants to be our Life as well. Indeed, without Him there is no life!
From the Tent of Meeting to the Tabernacle of Christ, we see the glorious realities of Godly love, righteousness and justice poured upon the earth. Sin separated us in the Garden of Eden from His glory—from Life itself. The sinless love of God fuels His Righteousness and Justice to accomplish the redemption of fallen man. The cost of redeeming us took all the power and glory of God dwelling in a human Tabernacle: Jesus Christ. That precious Tabernacle took upon Himself the combined pain and suffering of sin to conquer death. The resurrection and ascension of the Tabernacle is the Hope every human heart needs. Jesus is the Tabernacle, which descends in Revelation! Jesus is the Tabernacle, which we are to live in today. As Paul said, ‘in Him we live and breathe and have our being…’ Rejoice in the Tabernacle today and invite others in!