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Separation

28 Jun

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27:51)

The curtain mentioned here, is the one which separated the “Holy of Holies” (where only the High Priest was allowed to venture, and that only ever once a year) from the rest of the Temple, where people came on a regular basis to offer sacrifices. Yet, when Jesus died, this veil was torn from top to bottom.–The way to God (who was dwelling in the Holy of Holies) was made open. Where once only the High Priest could go, now anyone can enter and see God.

The curtain of the Temple represented separation between man and God. It’s presence said that any who would dare to enter through it, must be perfect in the sight of God. It was not a place for the average person. Yet Jesus, through His death, has made the way open, not only to Jews, but also to everyone who believes in Him as their Lord and Savior: all Christians. As the author of Hebrews puts it, we can come before God’s throne of grace with confidence (we see that in Hebrews 4:16). Which is exactly what we should do, in prayer (and once we’ve died, it’s exactly what we hopefully will do in Spirit): come before God’s throne of grace, and ask Him for help, for strength to overcome, and for forgiveness where we have failed.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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