Christ – The Mercy Seat of God

 

“And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold” – (Ex.25:17).

“For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell” – (Ps.86:13).

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” – (Titus 3:4,5).

 

The mercy seat was a slab of pure gold which sat atop the Ark of the Covenant between the cherubims in the Most Holy place of Israel’s tabernacle and temple. It symbolized the judgment seat and throne from which God ruled Israel. “The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved” – (Ps.99:1). The tables of God’s laws were under the mercy seat in the ark. Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice upon the mercy seat for the atonement of the sins of the people of Israel. It showed us that salvation comes by the blood because of God’s great mercy, not because of our righteousness – we are saved by God’s mercy. It shows us perfectly that “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment” – (James 2:13). Christ stood before the judgment seat of Pilate and was sentenced to death on the cross. He is God’s mercy for sinners who have broken God’s laws. I’m preaching on the great doctrine of the character of God – His great mercy.

 

Which is especially shown to us in God giving His beloved Son to die on the cross for our sins. Since the cross, Jesus Christ is God’s great mercy for atonement for sin. According to his mercy he saved us, through Jesus Christ our Savior. In the New Testament, we see the mercy of God in a much brighter light in the face of Jesus Christ than the Old Testament. Jesus Christ is the ultimate manifestation of God’s mercy. The Christian life is lived under the assurance of God’s mercy in saving us. This is why mercy is mentioned so often in New Testament greetings and benedictions, especially in the epistles – (2 Tim.1:2) and (Gal.6:16). Mercy is shown at the beginning and the end – forever. In (Ps.136) all 26 verses end with “For his mercy endureth forever.” Even during the great tribulation when the wrath of God is poured out, God’s everlasting mercy saves a great multitude – (Rev.7:9). Jesus Christ is the mercy seat of God.

 

The most important thing of all is that because of God’s mercy I don’t have to go to hell because I’ve been saved by the Lord Jesus. I deserved to go to hell for my sins, but according to His mercy in Jesus Christ, He saved me and delivered my soul from hell – (Ps.86:13) – Praise the Lord Jesus. God is called the “Father of mercies” in (2 Cor.1:3) – and so he is. But let no man think that he can go around the cross of Christ and not be saved and still obtain mercy from God. It is through the atoning blood of Christ our Savior that we obtain mercy and only through Him. God requires repentance from sin and faith in Christ and then he shows us mercy and saves us from hell. The Catholic false doctrine of purgatory gives false hope of God’s mercy to unsaved Catholics. God’s mercy is shown on the repentant sinner not on the proud Pharisee relying on his good works to save him – “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner” – (Luke 18:13). The Old Testament in (Joel 2:12,13) tells us the same thing “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness…”

 

The Lord Jesus brought the good news of a merciful, loving, forgiving God and embodied the good news in Himself. Everywhere He was met with cries for mercy – “Thou son of David, have mercy on us.” His healings were a testimony to the mercy of God. But the greatest mercy is shown by Christ on the cross where both Jew and Gentile can obtain mercy. That’s the greatest healing of all – healing the soul. Have you availed yourself of God’s great mercy? Don’t put your faith in water baptism for salvation – repent and turn to Christ. Don’t be too proud to beg for mercy.

 

If you’re saved, have you thanked Jesus for His great mercy in saving you from hell? “O’ give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever” – (Ps.136:1). We receive eternal life because His mercy endureth forever. “I will sing of mercy and judgment” – (Ps.101:1). And David did – he sang of mercy 117 times and judgment 87 times. We need to sing songs of judgment as well as mercy in our churches. “In wrath remember mercy” – (Heb.3:2). And again “And mercy rejoiceth against judgment” – (Jam.2:13). O’ don’t trample under foot the precious blood of God’s Son by not getting saved because that’s the only place of God’s mercy – “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” – (Eph.2:4). Jesus Christ is God’s mercy seat – He’s pure gold, worth more than all the gold of this world. Salvation is priceless.

 

Because of God’s mercy in Christ we can be born again. We can become a new creature in Christ. We can get a second chance in life to be a godly person “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” – (Heb.8:12). Praise the Lord Jesus “A merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” – (Heb.2:17).We can be born again of God because of His abundant mercy in Christ – “Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us...” – (I Pet.1:3). God’s mercy undergirds the hope of eternal life – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” – (Jude 21). Christ – the mercy seat of God for sinners.

 

In this life, the mercy of God is always available to whosoever will approach His throne – “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – (Heb.4:16). God is a God of righteous judgment but also a God of mercy. This is what the mercy seat atop the ark is showing us – “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” The righteous anger of God is appeased when you are saved by Christ. Like a judge ready to pass a judgment of death upon a defendant. The man throws himself on the mercy of the court. He repents and shows he is sorry for his crime and begs for mercy. He’s guilty and he knows he deserves death but he pleads mercy. The judge sees his repentance is genuine and gives him life instead of death. To the great Supreme Judge of the universe we must repent of our sins – “have mercy upon me a sinner.” God is ready to pardon us – “But thou are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness” – (Neh.9:17). Through Christ we can find mercy and be pardoned from the second death in the lake of fire and be commuted to eternal life. “And whosoever was not written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15). “For great is thy mercy towards me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell” – (Ps.86:13). Yes - our God is a merciful judge.

 

O’ be saved today. Avail yourself of God’s bloody mercy seat of His Son on the cross. Receive God’s atonement of sins, turn away from your wicked ways and turn to Christ for salvation and mercy. The mercy seat atop the ark of the covenant where God’s laws were kept is showing us perfectly that again “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” If you reject God’s mercy in his beloved Son, you will receive the judgment of God for your sins because you have broken God’s laws.

 

 

Christ is the bloody mercy seat of God.

 

Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ 85705

Email: BibleWatchman@aol.com

Website: BibleWatchman.com