John 16:23 (NLT) At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.
It may not seem to be the most exciting study, but the tabernacle of the Old Testament brings details of the cross to life. The tabernacle was a tent-like structure in the wilderness where Israel could connect with God. When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He also gave him instructions to build the tabernacle. It was to be the dwelling place of God (Exodus 25:8).
Inside the most holy place was an ark. It was a chest-like structure that contained the two tablets with the Ten Commandments on them. On top of the Ark was the mercy seat, this is where the glory of God was. The Glory was so intense, even though the high-priest went through extensive preparations, he still had to be shielded from the glory. He was protected by the wings of two birdlike creatures on top of the mercy seat (see Exodus 25:16-20).
The preparations required from the priest are outlined in Exodus 29, but to give you an idea; amongst the list of preparations were three types of sacrifices---the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the consecration offering. These sacrifices were performed by the priest daily, for a week in advance, as part of the preparation.
After preparations, the high priest could enter into the presence of God's glory on behalf of the people. Before the crucifixion, Jesus was our High-Priest. The verse at the top tells us that because of the cross, we can enter on our own. He was crucified so that we could enter into this glory as priests.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:9, "You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession." As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light."
The word wonderful is better expressed as, to be wondered at. This is no ordinary light. It is the glory of God.
The verse at the top is only one of the benefits provided by the cross. We simply declare that Jesus gave us the privilege and we receive all the benefits of a priest. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 21:5, "The Lord your God has chosen them [the priests] to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in the Lord’s name. They are to decide all legal and criminal cases."
You are a royal priest---start blessing, start declaring justice---most of all, enjoy the presence of God!