The Curtain

Matthew 27:51—At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

The Temple’s curtain (sometimes called a veil) separated the room which had the presence of God in it from the rest of the Temple. Only certain priests were allowed to enter this room on certain days of the year, and in order to do so, they had to wash themselves in a particular way and perform special animal sacrifices. Then, the priest would be allowed to go in the room and experience the presence of God

But, at the moment Jesus died on the cross, the curtain separating this room from everybody else was ripped apart. This sacred place in the Temple was now accessible to all people.

In Psalm 23:6, David wrote, “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” David knew what it meant to enter into God’s presence. God’s house is open to everyone; we just have to know about the custom door it has. That door has a name, and the name is Jesus. When Jesus died, the curtain separating the part of the Temple housing the presence of God was torn. Jesus came to give us full access to God, our Creator.

Jesus’ purpose while He was here on Earth wasn’t just to die and forgive us of our sins. It was to allow us to experience God by offering us the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him. If we want to get to God, all we have to do is go through Jesus, our mediator.

Hebrews 10:21-22–“…since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”

The door into God’s house isn’t closed. Remember, the curtain was torn. There is no other way to find God except through Jesus. But He doesn’t expect us to work for the access to God He gives. There is nothing we can do to earn the right to walk through the door. Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross because He lived a perfect life. And because He lived that perfect life, He is able to forgive all of us of our misses in life. When we accept that gift of grace—unmerited favor—we become a part of God’s family, able to access Him whenever we want and experience His presence.

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