The shadows of the temple ritual and the Mosaic Law are fulfilled in Him and His work, and give way to the reality of Him, resurrected and exalted at the right hand of God.
Satan's Reaction: The temptation and fall of Adam and Eve II. The Three Wilderness-Pilgrimage Eras of Human History a. All human history funnels down to this point, and expands forth from it.
The Two Phases of Human History: The Foreshadowing and Fulfillment of Jesus Christ: The Old and New Covenants 3. The cross (followed in short order by the resurrection) was obviously the focal point of our Savior's earthly life, and it is history's focal point as well (in tandem with the resurrection).
From the divine point of view, all history before the cross looks forward to it, and all history since looks back at it.
At the judgment in Eden, Eve is told that her progeny (Jesus Christ, and, in Him, all those who will choose for God) will be opposed to the devil's seed (most prominently antichrist, but including all those who choose against God), and that her Seed (the Savior of the world), will crush his head (i.e., achieve the ultimate victory over Satan and his antichrist and all who follow them).
He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent Him.
No one, therefore, can approach God the Father apart from embracing the Son and His saving work: Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
The Five Dispensational Divisions of Human History a. From the first, prehistoric Eden (see Part 1 of this series), to the garden of Eden, to the dark world in which we now find ourselves (wherein He is the only light: Jn.1:4-5; 1:9; ; ; 1Jn.2:8), to the coming Kingdom of God, Jesus Christ is and has always been the visible Person of God, the face of God (2Cor.4:6; Heb.1:3), and the ultimate issue for every human being who has ever lived.
The Millennium: from Christ's return to the end of history 6. So it is that Jesus Christ is the true center and the proper focus of every life, the Person in respect to whom every life is ultimately divided in two, and absolutely, without question the only possible way of salvation. history, because human history has no purpose without His saving work on the cross (which is the entire point of history).