August 18, 2018
Luke 15:37-38… And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain in the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
This was the final moment of Jesus’ life before the crucifixion. He breathed His last.
The curtain in the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The curtain in the temple separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. Priests ministered in the Holy Place regularly, daily, in fact. But only once a year, the high priest entered the Most Holy Place and ministered. By tradition, God dwelt in the Most Holy Place, and did not come out. That all changed when Jesus died. He paid for all sin and the curtain was torn. God was no longer ‘trapped’ in the Most Holy Place, and people were no longer forbidden to enter.
Hebrews 9:11… But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (Not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. He entered once and for all into the Holy Place , not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
Hebrews 4:15-16… For we do not have a High priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one, who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw hear to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Prior to Jesus only the high priest could draw near to the throne of grace and only once a year. The tearing of the curtain when He died was symbolic. The curtain of separation between man and God, in the heavens, was/is gone and now we come with confidence into His presence. God foretold this.
Jeremiah 31:33-34… But this is the covenant that I will make with Israel after those days, declares the lord, “I will put my law within them; I will write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be my people. And no longer hall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord’ for they shall all know me from the least of them to the greatest”, declares the Lord.