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The Glory of the Empty Tomb

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Celebrating John's symbolism in a glorious Easter Sunday tour through the ancient Tabernacle.

Text: John 1:14
Date: 04/12/2020, the Combined service.
Series: "John: Encountering Love" Part 172
Occasion: Easter Sunday

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When Mary Magdalene stared into the empty tomb, she saw an amazing site: two angels on either side of the place Jesus had lain, with His blood-stained grave clothes between them. The image is not only the essence of what we celebrate on Easter-- the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it is also a symbolic representation of the culmination of all Redemptive History. For it represents the fulfillment of what God established 1500 years earlier when He gave Moses the designs for the Tabernacle. Although you might not have noticed it, John has organized his Gospel to take us on a meticulously and symbolically ordered tour of the ancient Tabernacle, from the front gates to the Holy of holies. We will rejoice as we see Jesus become and replace each artifact of worship until we witness the profoundly dramatic conclusion in the glory of the empty tomb

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, John 1:14.
A. Context, Heb. 10:4.
B. A journey through Aaron's Tabernacle.
1. The significance of the "Tabernacle".
2. The artifacts of worship, Ex. 40:2-7.
a. The Altar of Sacrifice, Ex. 40:6, Ex 27:1–8, 38:1–7.
b. The Laver of Cleansing, Ex. 40:7, 30:17–21, 38:8.
c. The Shewbread Table, Ex. 40:4.
d. The Lampstand (Menorah), Ex. 40:4, Ex 25:31-4, Lev. 24:20.
e. The Altar of Incense, Ex. 40:5, 30:1-10.
f. The Veil, Ex. 40:3, 26:31-33.
g. The Ark of the Covenant, Ex. 40:3.
C. John's symbolic journey through the Tabernacle.
1. Jesus and the Tabernacle, John 1:14.
a. Discussing the glory.
b. Discussing the Tabernacle, John 2:19, 21.
2. Rethinking the artifacts of the Tabernacle.
a. The Sanctified Sacrifice, John 1:29, John 3:14-15, Heb. 7:27.
b. The Living Water, John 4:13-14, 8:28-29, 17:4, 19, 7:327-38.
c. The Bread of Life, John 6:13, 32-33, 35, 48-51.
d. The Light of the World, John 8:12, 9:5, 1:4-5,9, 12:35-36, 14:16, 16:7, 14:26, 16:13, 15:26, Rev. 1:12-16.
e. The Mediator of the Covenant, John 17:6, 20, 21, 24, 5.
f. The Veil of the Holy of Holies.
g. The Emmanuel Principle, Matt. 1:21, 23.
h. The Crucifixion, John 12:27, Heb. 9:11-14.
i. The Resurrection-- or glory in the tomb.
i. The woman at the tomb, John 20:1.
ii. The disciples make an appearance, John 20:2-7.
iii. The glory in the tomb, John 20:11-12.
3. The Resurrection and the life, John 20:13-16, 11:25-26, Matt. 5:3.
III. Conclusion

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