September 3, 2012 – Relevant

Sometimes, as we are reading along, we are reminded of something we read earlier. That happened to me as I read today’s verse.

Ezekiel 46:12, “When the prince shall prepare and make a freewill burnt offering or peace offering voluntarily to the Lord, the gate that faces east shall be opened for him, and he shall offer his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out, the gate shall be shut.”

This verse reminded me of Ezekiel 44:2, that says, “…the gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened and no man shall enter in by it; for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered in by it; therefore it shall remain shut.”

Amplified Bible Notes: “In Christ’s time the Golden Gate was the principal eastside thoroughfare. Through it the Prince of Peace would naturally make his triumphal entry. But by A.D. 1542-3, when Sultan Suleiham the Magnificent rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem, tradition says that the road which once led to this gate had fallen into disuse, and what is now St. Stephen’s gate was the accepted entrance. So the Sultan walled up the Golden Gate with its double entrance, and it has remained so ever since.”

Even more amazing than the fulfillment of this prophecy, is the fact Jesus, our Prince of Peace, entered this gate, and of his own freewill, voluntarily gave himself up to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins. After his sacrifice, the gate was eventually sealed and no one else could go through it to offer another sacrifice. No other sacrifice or offering was needed.