What actually happened when Jesus died on the cross?

The Old Testament tabernacle, holy of holies, mercy seat and priestly work of atonement were all “shadows” of things to come. Hebrews10:1 and 4, “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship…. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

The blood of Jesus had to be applied to the heavenly mercy seat to redeem mankind. If Jesus’ blood had soaked into the ground at Calvary, then the sins of humanity could not have been taken away. Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” The blood was to be sprinkled on the mercy seat right after the death of the substitutionary animal of sacrifice. Now Christ, our substitute, was slain for us upon the Cross, and entered into death for us. When He arose, He immediately went to heaven, entered into the holy of holies in heaven, sprinkled His precious blood upon the mercy seat before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin questions, and delivered us from the curse of the law. 

When did He accomplished this? On the morning of the resurrection He meets Mary at the tomb. As soon as Mary recognized Him, she prostrated herself upon Him, and would have kissed His feet, but Jesus emphatically says to her: “Touch me not”; and then He proceeds immediately to give the reason why Mary is not permitted to touch Him at all. “For I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my A picture containing table

Description automatically generatedGod and your God”’ (John 20:17). We can understand this action when we remember the high priest, after he had offered the sacrifice, was to enter the holy of holies, before he did anything else, with the precious blood. No one was allowed to approach him. 

Hebs 9:24,26 “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence…But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself”. This is why Jesus said to Mary, “Touch me not.” The blood couldn’t be tainted. When the Lord was going to pass over Egypt and destroy the firstborn, he said to Moses and Aaron in Exodus 12:13, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” The death of the lamb wasn’t enough, the blood had to be applied. God wasn’t looking for a dead lamb in the backyard. No, rather, God was looking for the applied blood on the doorposts and lintel above the door.  The blood of Jesus has been sprinkled on the mercy seat in heaven, and there it remains. It is not meant to be sprinkled on people or properties or used to ward

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