The Kingdom - Part 3: "Intersect"
Series: The Kingdom
The Fall into sin effectively ended the original unification of Heaven and Earth. But throughout history, God carved out small places on earth where Heaven could still invade and unite with Earth. One of those places was in the tabernacle / temple. God’s presence dwelled in the Holy of Holies. For example, when Solomon dedicated the temple, the glory of the Lord filled it. When Isaiah saw the Lord in the temple, he was overwhelmed (but it was only the train if his robe – his feet, the temple could not contain him). That’s why only the high priest could enter the most holy place on the Day of Atonement, and only with a blood sacrifice. That’s why the Pharisees considered it blasphemous when Jesus said he could rebuild the temple in three days. And it’s also why the curtain of the temple was torn in to when he died. God’s glory was released in the world. God’s kingdom began to advance in an unprecedented way. God no longer required a temple to house his presence. Now he dwells in the hearts of all who are citizens of his Kingdom. We are now the bricks in the temple. Heaven overlaps earth as we come together as the church to exalt the name of Jesus.