What a dramatic moment. The curtain of the temple was torn into two.
The curtain – that separated the Holy of Holies from the worshipers – was a heavy piece of fabric. According to historical accounts, it was 45-60 feet long and about 4 inches thick. This was not a flimsy strip of material. And it split from top to bottom.
The tearing of the curtain was supernatural and it pointed to the fact that Jesus’ death gives us – a broken and sinful humanity – the right to come into the Holy of Holies and have a relationship with God.
Maybe we should ask ourselves what kinds of curtains or veils we hide behind. What stops us from entering into an intimate communion with God?
Could it be that my past is too murky? Or that I first need to get things in order? Could the curtain be that I’m still in love with all things worldly?
We need to believe that the curtain has already been torn. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.”
Jesus’ flesh was torn so all could enter that innermost sanctuary.
As long as we want to keep the curtain closed, we will never to be able to see the beauty of the Lord.
Bringing It Home
What keeps me from coming into the Holy of Holies? What curtain do I hide behind? Am I approaching the throne of grace with confidence?
Father God, Thank you that you so loved the world that you gave your only Son. Thank you that he became the veil that was torn so we could enter into the Holy of Holies. Amen.