Posted by: peebles | April 3, 2010

Mark 15:38 (NIV) The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Mark 15:38 (NIV) The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 
The curtain which is spoken about in our text, is the curtain of the most Holy Place. The entrance curtain to the meeting place with God. Or the, ‘Veil,’ as it is better known as. These curtains were said to be 60 feet long, 30 feet wide, and as thick as the palm of a man’s hand. We are told that these curtains were so heavy that 300 priests were needed to manipulate each one. The curtain being torn from top to bottom was a foreboding sign indicating that God’s hand had torn it in two and that his presence was leaving that holy place.

The curtain separated the Holy Place from everyone but the high priest. The Holy Place was where the presence of God dwelled on the mercy seat. The curtain was a constant reminder to the Israelites that their access to God depended on another physical human, and that this access was only granted through the physical works of the sacrificial system.

But by ultimate sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, we now have access to God through Jesus Christ, who is the mediator of the New Covenant. For the very second Jesus died, the New Covenant came into affect. God was in such a rush to leave the constraints of a man made temple, that He tore the curtain on the way out.
In the Old Testament (Old Covenant) God made a temple for His people, now because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the New covenant, God has made a people for His temple. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have receive from God?
The way to God, to seek Him and know Him more, is through Jesus Christ. Now through Jesus, figuratively speaking, we can come within the veil, by a new and living way. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:19 to 22 (NIV) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God. Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.
Oh how beautiful does the song writer Ruth Dryden, capture this amazing truth in the words from this song, Within the veil I now would com:
Within the veil, I now would come,
Into the Holy place, to look upon Thy face,
I see such beauty there, no other can compare,
I worship Thee, my Lord, within the veil.
My friend, we now have access to God through a new and living way, because of the cross of Calvary, by of the sacrifice of Jesus, who died and rose again. We can now come close to God in a personal and intimate way, through Jesus Christ the mediator of the New Covenant. The veil has been taken away, we can enter into to His throne room. We can now enter into the Most Holy Place where we can speak to God face to face in prayer; as a man speaks to his friend face to face. They way to Him is open, with boldness we draw near.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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