The worshiper at the tabernacle in the wilderness would enter by the gate of the court. They would bring their sacrifice or offering to the bronze altar just inside the gate, they would lay their hands on the head of the animal to be sacrificed, and then the priest would offer it on the altar. The individual worshiper would then go back out by the gate of the court. He never got any closer to the tabernacle than the bronze altar. In fact, he wasn’t permitted to approach the altar; only the priest could approach the altar. Only the priests could wash in the laver. Only the priests could enter the Holy Place. Only the priests could replace the showbread once a week. Only the priests could service the lampstand, and only the high priest could approach the golden altar or the altar of incense. Finally, only the high priest could go inside the veil, and that only once a year, and only after creating a cloud of smoke with holy incense so that he could not see the presence of God on the Mercy Seat between the cherubs on the Ark of the Covenant.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom, signifying that the way was now open for all people to come into God’s presence. Hebrews 9:12 tells us that when He was resurrected, “He entered the Most Holy Place” in heaven “with His own blood…once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”
Since Jesus has taken His own blood into the Holy of Holies and has made a way for us to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16), the Scripture tells us that we have “boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.” We don’t need to bring a sacrifice; Jesus was our sacrifice. We don’t need to see a priest. Jesus is our priest and He has made us “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (I Peter 2:9).We don’t need a laver; Jesus has washed us in His blood.
We can walk right into the Holy Place, past the table of showbread because Jesus is the bread of life. We can bypass the lampstand since Jesus is the light of the world. We can pause at the incense altar to offer our prayers, because, in heaven, there are “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8). As we offer our prayers, we can move into the very presence of Almighty God, where Jesus has become our Mercy Seat.
So we enter the Holy of Holies with boldness because Jesus has gone on ahead and sprinkled His blood on the Mercy Seat on our behalf. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He is our High Priest over the house of God.