The church should be vitally interested in the cleansing of the sanctuary for Jesus’ sake . In the ancient ritual, the high priest symbolically bore the sins of the people . (Ex. 28 :38 ; Lev . 10 :17.) When the people sinned, the sanctuary was defiled (Lev. 20 :3; Ezek. 5 :11), and the high priest bore the iniquity of the sanctuary. (Num . 18 :1.) When the people repented and transferred their sins into the sanctuary through the blood of the sin offering, they transferred the burden of guilt to the high priest. (Questions on Doctrine, p. 678.) Not until the sanctuary was cleansed was he freed from his sin-bearing capacity .
It is essential to consider the reality of the ancient ceremony . Jesus, the High Priest of the church, has made Himself one with His people . He is their Head ; they are His body . Just as men feel the pain when their bodies are injured, just as they suffer when their bodies suffer, so Jesus feels all the sin and bears all the imperfections of His people. When Satan bruises one of God’s children and defiles a member of His body with sin, Jesus is verily crucified afresh . (Desire of Ages, page 300 .) When a repentant sinner comes to Christ, th e sin is not blotted out, but is transferred to Christ . (Great Controversy, page 421 .) The Saviour must even purify the prayers, praise, and good works of His children from all defilement. (1 Selected Messages, page 344.)
Calvary, with its burden of sin and pain, ha s a much wider dimension than usually supposed . Christ is presented to the church as a torn an d mangled Lamb in the sanctuary above . (Early Writings, page 79 ; Rev. 5 :6.)
“Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity . The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God . Every departure from right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him . When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,—subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death,—it is said that ‘His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel .’ ‘In all their affliction He was afflicted . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old .’ Judges 10 :16; Isaiah 63 :9.” —Education, page 263.
What, then, does the cleansing of the sanctuary mean to Jesus? What does the blotting out of sins mean to Him?
“Thou hast made Me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied Me with thine iniquities . I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Hine own sake, and will not remember thy sins .”—Is . 43 :24, 25.
For six thousand years Jesus has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Even yet He is “wounded for our transgressions” and “bruise d for our iniquities .” Not alone by looking back is Calvary beheld . The sanctuary above reflects the full dimension of Jesus’sin-bearing love . (Great Controversy, page 489 .) And He will suffer the pain and agony of the cross until His sanctuary is cleansed .
Thus Daniel 8 :14 is an announcement that the time has come to release Jesus from the pain and agony of Calvary . But the church’s sympathy and cooperation are necessary if this is to be effected . Are the people of God interested?
“And they crucified him . . . . And sitting down they watched Him there .”—Matt . 27 :35, 36 .
“And I looked for some to take pity, but there was none ; and for comforters, but I found none .”—Ps. 69:20.
Taken from, ‘The Sanctuary Restored’, page 83, Peter C. Jarnes.