Verse 45b And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Last week we talked about the lonely road that Christ was walking. As we start this week we find Jesus finishing out the final moments of this lonely walk.
This three hours of darkness have been very trying for Jesus and those who have stayed around. This was not a darkness due to a storm or cloud cover. This was solid darkness as if it were night. It was as if the sun had gone down in the middle of the day. It was in this unnerving darkness that Jesus spoke His last words. This was the moment that the enemy thinks he has won but the signs that happen around this make it clear that this was the moment God had cleared a path directly to Himself. For visual affect the curtain in front of the most holy place in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
The curtain in the Temple was a very important piece of the Holy Place. The curtain was a reminder of the curtain that God had instructed Moses to have made when the Israelites were in the wilderness. It served the purpose of separating the holy place of the Tabernacle from the most holy place where the mercy seat sat atop the Ark of the Covenant. The mercy seat was where God said He would meet with Moses to instruct him. It was also the place that the priest would go once a year, on the Day of Atonement, to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice for the sins of the priest and the people.
Up until the moment in history of Jesus’ death, only a priest could go behind the curtain in the Temple. This was a special, and sometimes terrifying, opportunity. Going into the place where God was said to inhabit was not something to be taken lightly. They had a healthy enough respect of God, knowing that He could kill them in an instant for disrespecting His presence. This tearing of the curtain would be a shock to the priests who knew the importance of the curtain.
For us, this curtain being torn was the key to a one on one relationship with God. This was evidence that Jesus had made the needed atonement that kept us from God. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice as our priest. He opened the way to God that only He was qualified to do.
Making It Personal
Have you ever thought about the fact that there was a time when God was not as accessible to His people? Have you ever felt like there was a curtain between you and God? Knowing that He has torn the curtain separating man from Him, what is the only thing that can come between you and your relationship with God?
Making It Personal Kids
Why did Jesus have to die? Have you ever sinned? Why does sin make us enemies with Jesus?
Father, we can’t thank You enough for tearing away the barrier between us and You. We know that the cost was Your Son, please help us remember what it cost You. In Jesus’ name, amen.