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The Curtain Torn in Two

TabernacleOur prayers for this Holy Week leading up to Easter are that you get a fresh sense of what Christ dying on the Cross means for us. To us, one of the most powerful and personal verses in the Bible is Matthew 27:51. Here is the context; we read in Exodus 26-27 that in the Tabernacle the Most Holy Place was separated from the Holy Place by a curtain (veil). God resided in the Most Holy Place. People could not enter the Holy Place themselves. Only the high priest could enter The Holy Place one day a year to bring the sins of the people to God.

The meaning of all this is that in Old Testament days the people did not have personal access to God. We see this is Hebrews 9:7, “But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.” (We encourage you to read this in context in Hebrews 9.)

Having said all of that is to say this – When Christ died on the Cross we read in Matthew 27:50-51, “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 curtain (veil) referred to in that passage is the curtain that separated the people from the presence of God. What does that mean for us here and now? Because of Christ’s death on the Cross we now have personal access to God. Jesus is now our High Priest and through Him we can come into God’s presence.

So take some time these next few days and reflect upon what it means for you to be able to come into the presence of God.

Dave Garrett

3/30/2015

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