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[The following article is an edited transcription of the February 2007 Teaching of the Month, Jesus Christ our Approach Offering by John W. Schoenheit.]
In this teaching we are going to be looking at Jesus Christ our Approach Offering. We are going to spend a lot of time in the Old Testament, and some time in Hebrews.
It is very important to understand what Jesus Christ did for us. If you and I are truly going to appreciate what we have, a lot of times it helps to know what people who lived before us did not have. Honestly, the attitude and the mind-set that you and I probably have towards God, as Christians, is considerably different than people who lived before the time of Christ’s death. You and I read the New Testament all the time and God practically begs us to come into His fellowship—please pray; please fellowship with me, please enter into my presence, and please sit at my feet. We are encouraged to have an intimate relationship with God, and that becomes so natural, so much a part of our worship and thought life that it is honestly hard for us to imagine a time when that was not the case.
How many Scriptures in the New Testament tell us that God is love, God is love, God is love—that preponderance of Scripture and teaching did not exist in the Old Testament. What did exist in the people of the Old Testament was a different mind-set about God. This mind-set was going to magnify who Jesus Christ was, what Jesus Christ did, and then show us clearly that it was Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us that opened the way to God. That is exactly the truth. The way of having an intimate relationship with God was closed before the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We will see that in the way that God had the tabernacle set up and the sacrifices.
I am going to be teaching from the New International Version. I encourage you if you are in a position to get out your Bible and read it along with me to please do that. It is very powerful when we see the Words of God on the page. It is a wonderful experience, for we need to develop our relationship with the Written Word as well as with the Living Word and with the Father. We need to be able to read the Scripture and meditate in the Scripture, so that God can speak to us through the Scripture. How many times are we in discussions with people and you hear or you might say something like: “You are not listening to me!” or you might write a note to your kids, and they completely ignore it, and you say, “You did not care what I wrote!” Well, God wrote us a very large book, and He wants us to read it and understand it and listen to Him as He speaks to us through His Word.
Let’s start with God’s relationship with the people in the Old Testament.