Friday, April 4, 2014

The Curtain in the Temple Ripped In Two

In the Temple in Jerusalem, there were two rooms. The Holy Place was the front two thirds of the Temple and contained the Lampstand, the Table of Bread, and the Incense Altar. The back one third of the Temple was called the Holy of Holies and contained the Ark of the Covenant. These two rooms were separated by a large, beautiful curtain.

The Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant sat represented the very throne room of God where His presence resided. The great curtain separated—and protected—the people from the presence of God. This protection was necessary because sinful humans cannot just come into God's holy presence.

God cannot, or will not, tolerate sin in His presence. (We talked about that more on March 24 in the post "Jesus was The LORD's Goat," and March 25 in the post "Lifted Up Part 1.")

So sin must be dealt with before we sinful humans can enter the presence of God. (Tweet that!)

Dealing with the sin of every sinful human is what Jesus did on the cross. But he doesn't force that on us. It's available to everyone, but it's only applied to those who will reach out and grasp it and take it as their own. You gotta want it. If you do, salvation is available to you through Jesus. (Tweet that!)

Once Jesus paid the penalty for the sin of every human who ever lived with his blood shed on the cross, the way into the presence of God was opened. (Tweet that!)

This is why the great curtain ripped in two. The way to God was now open.

Scripture tells us the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Seeing how this curtain was around 60 feet tall, who do you think did the tearing? Who opened the way for you and me to enter God's presence?

Have you taken the option available to you through the death of Jesus to have your sins paid for so you can step into the presence of God? If not, why not do so today by telling Jesus in prayer that's what you want to do? (Tweet that!)

"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split" (Matthew 27:50-51).

Special Note:

You can read more about how the Temple in Jerusalem reveals Jesus' work to redeem us in my next book, book three in the "Prophecies Fulfilled" series, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Jesus. (Release date not yet set. You can check for availability here: Dianne's Amazon Author Page, and watch for announcements on the "Prophecies Fulfilled Books" page by clicking on the tab at the top menu on this blog.)

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