The day the veil was torn
January 05, 2017
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.” (Matthew 27:50-52a NIV)
There are so many things in life we don’t have access to. We see signs that say No Admittance. Employees Only. Don’t Go Past This Point. Danger.
No access. This is the way it was with God in the days before Jesus. The Jews had the temple; and the Gentiles would go to the temple, but there was a wall. The Gentiles couldn’t enter the temple.
Even within the temple, only the priest could go and receive the sacrifices. He would go into the Holy of Holies once a year, and there on the Mercy Seat he could take the sacrifice and receive the grace of God, the mercy of God, and the forgiveness of God.
But when Jesus was crucified, the ground shook and the veil of the temple that kept everyone out of the Holy of Holies was torn. From the bottom to the top? No. From the top to the bottom. Only God could have done it.
The temple was now wide open so that anybody, anywhere, and from any background could go right in and receive the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ!
TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS
Praise Jesus for giving you direct access to God’s grace and mercy.