This “Visual Theology” infographic helps us see how God wants to be in a relationship with us. When I think of the Tabernacle, I also remember in John 1 where we learn that Jesus “tabernacled” with us. The Tabernacle is a picture of Christ.
[Jesus] was the true Light, which doth enlighten every man, coming to the world;
in the world he was, and the world through him was made, and the world did not know him:
to his own things he came, and his own people did not receive him;
but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God — to those believing in his name, who — not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but — of God were begotten.
And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.
A major difference between the Tabernacle image and our relationship with God is that the separation was removed because of Christ’s death and resurrection. Matthew and Mark both reported that God ripped opened the thick curtain in the Temple separating all the people from the Holy of Holies, from God’s presence:
Once again Jesus shouted, and then he died.
At once the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and rocks split apart. Graves opened, and many of God’s people were raised to life.