Do we still believe that the 66-book Bible consisting of the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books) written by men such as Moses, John, Peter, Paul and others as the true Word of God? Although a sermon is preached by a well-known preacher, we need to find out whether it is Christ-centered and Bible-based related to salvation or outside the Bible featuring nothing else but man’s philosophies on morality.
Do we truly believe in Jesus? If so, why did He say, ‘ Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in Heaven. Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father which is in heaven’  (Matthew 10:32-33).
What Jesus said is fairly simple and easy to understand. As we all know, every follower and believer of Christ will one day stand before the throne of God the Father and Christ as the key witness. Jesus recognition of our status will determine, whether we will enter eternity or not. The point is, did we sincerely and openly acknowledged Him before the authorities the way Jesus had expected us to when we were still here on earth (Matthew 10:16-18, 26-31)?
How far do we confess Jesus in public? Actually, who is Jesus that we follow? What kind of confession does Jesus expect from His followers so that He will find it worthy to accept us before the Father? Jesus requires we, His followers, boldly confess that He is the Son of God.
John wrote to the church: Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. Also, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 4:15; 5:13).
When Jesus was before the Sanhedrin, the great priest Caiaphas asked whether He was the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus confirmed that He was the Messiah. Caiaphas tore his robe as His conformation was considered as an act of blasphemy which led Jesus to His death sentence (Matthew 26:63-66)

Introspection : 

When persecution comes, are we brave enough to confess that Jesus is the Son of God? Other religions confess that Jesus was an apostle, a prophet, a messenger, a teacher or a shepherd, not as the Son of God. These days, Christians are under pressure, and accused of christianizing whenever they share the gospel of Jesus. Do we still have the courage to voice the message of salvation? Or, do we keep our mouths shut for fear of being persecuted and even imprisoned?
Let us go further and discuss Jesus the Son of God. We need to know Him more deeply right from the start in the New Testament. That way, we will really know Him and obtain the courage to confess that Jesus is the Son of God, theSavior of mankind.

We expose this truth in relation to the blueprint of the Tabernacle :

1. The Courtyard

1.1. The gate of Tabernacle = Faith
·      The angle Gabriel told virgin Mary that she would conceive and give birth to a son to be named, Jesus. ‘He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest. (Luke 1:26-32)
·      Jesus did not come to establish Christianity, but He came as the Son of God. Mark, Peter’s spiritual son, wrote,’ This is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’ (Mark 1:1)
·      If we believe and receive Jesus the Son of God, as the Gospel of John emphasizes it, we will be given authority or guarantee to be the children of God ( John 1: 12,14).

1.2. The Altar of Burnt Offerings = Repentance

The evil spirits know that Jesus is the Son of God that will condemn them in the eternal, fiery lake (Matthew 8: 28-29, Mark 5: 1-7)


Ironically, while the evil spirits know that Jesus is the Son of God and when they will be condemned, the self-proclaimed believers, do not truly believe that He is the powerful Son of God who is mighty to save and give a perfect shelter the world never promises. Most of them proudly present Him as a Blesser, wonderful Healer, all-knowing Prophet but they do not know Him as the eternal Son of God      (1 John 5:5, 11-13).

1.3. The Laver  - Water Baptism

Ø When seeing the Spirit come upon Jesus, John the Baptist gave his testimony,” He is the Son of God ( John 1: 32-34)
Ø The eunuch said “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’. And Philip baptized him (Acts 8: 26-40)
Having been baptized, Saul (Paul) preached in synagogues proclaiming that Jesus was the Son of God (Acts 9:1-22, 22:1-16;26). In the end, Saul, an ex-antichristian hardliner who militantly murdered early Christians, confessed that Jesus was the Son of God.
How about us? Having been baptized and filled with Holy Spirit, does the Holy Spirit in our hearts make us shiever with fear when confronted with today’s reats and global challenges    (2 Timothy 1:6-10)?


2.1 The Tent Gate = Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Apostle Paul fearlessly wrote: Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:3-4)

2.2  The Table of Showbread = The Word of God
v After listening to what Jesus had said, Nathanael confessed, ‘ Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel” ( John 1:45-49).
v Peter walked on water to come toward Jesus but, then, he suddenly became terrified because of the wind and started to drown. But Jesus reached out his hand and said ‘O Thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’ And when they were come into ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God’ (Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 5:35-41).
v The devil also confessed that Jesus was the Son of God but he turned the truth of the Word of God upside down by saying: if Thou be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread; cast thyself down; for it is written… (Matthew 4:3-7)

2.3. The Golden Lampstand = The Work of the Holy Spirit
2.4 The Altar of Incense
Martha believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God (John 11:17-27).
3. The Most Holy Place
3.1 Before entering the Most Holy Place, one sees the veil – the torn body of Christ
   - When Jesus was on the cross, the Jewish, the Leaders, the Pharisees and the Scribes and others blasphemed Him saying…if Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross ( Matthew 27:40)
In fact, the mind of man is not the mind of God. People often times accepted and believed in Jesus who did spectacular miracles. But, surprisingly, the head of the soldiers, a Roman, was the one who confessed, Truly this was the Son of God”  (Matthew 27:50-54, Mark 15:37-39).

- The life transformation experienced by Saul (later known as Paul) made him the most wanted man among the Jews who once followed him but now wanted to kill him (Acts 9:23-25, 23:12-15). But Paul boldly said, ”I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:19-21).
It is obvious that our following Jesus is not seamless. Fire of trials is ready to put our minds, words and actions to the test  to produce real gold (1 Peter 1:7).
Introspection : Can we admit that even in death, Jesus was still the Son of God? As the sinless Son of God, He died to redeem the sin of man.

3.2 In the Most Holy Place, there is the Ark of Covenant

The light in the Most Holy Place does not come from a lampstand but rather from the Shekinah Glory – the light of God’s Glory.
On the island of Patmos, the Apostle John saw a person with his shining countenance like the bright shining sun that made him fall at his feet (Revelation 1: 16-17). So did the congregation of Thyatira when visited by the Word of the Son of God with His eyes like a flame of fire. They will receive the morning star (Jesus) if they do not follow the false teaching of Izebel (Revelation 2:18, 24-29).

Let us firmly hold on to the true teaching. He promised not to give us another burden (Revelation 3:24). Therefore, let us not search other burdens beyond the Word of God, like strict church/organizational rules, etc., that overburden us. He gives us the freedom to call upon Jesus, the Son of God. And His Word is neither way up high in heaven nor way down deep in the ravine of death.   Instead, it is very close to us, namely in our mouths and hearts. It provides us salvation only if we believe in Him.
When temptations, persecution or shortcomings arise in our lives, let us freely come to Him, to Jesus the Son of God and High Priest. Come close to His throne of grace. Receive His mercy and find His grace to obtain His help in due time ( Hebrews 4:14-16).
To know Jesus better, we must not go for wordly comforts only. Rather, we should prepare ourselves to take risks and pay the price for “impending dangers.” That way, we may receive help in due season as long as we stay rock solid in our confession of faith.


If we confess Jesus as the Son of God, we can see His glory in His Word to experience transformations, strength and help.

Do we really believe that Jesus is the Son of God, not simply as a great Healer/Doctor, a generous Blesser, a Perfomer of spectacular miracles, etc? If we do believe that Jesus is the Son of God, we should be ready, with the courage given by the Holy Spirit, to exclaim and confess that Jesus is the Son of God. On top of that, we should be ready to take part in His death as risks to the experience of “resurrection” with Him in His eternal Glory. Amen.

Interpreter : Dicky 
Prooreader : Budi 

By Pastor Paulus Budiono
Lemah Putro, Sunday, May 14, 2017

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