Tuesday June 11, 2019
“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Mark 15: 37).
Jesus is the great mediator between God and man. He is the only One who could have bridged the gap—100% God and 100% man. Because God is holy, He had to punish sin. Because God is loving, He chose to send His only Son who became the Lamb of God. Holiness and humanity met in divine harmony at the cross.
Several years ago, we rented a 100-year-old house right across the street from the church. My wife fell in love with the wrap around porch and I loved the fact that it was right across the street from the church.
A 100-year-old house comes with many problems. One of them was no central AC. Widow units solved the heat problem downstairs, but upstairs, where the only bedroom is, was another issue. Putting in a window A/C was not an option. The only windows upstairs were very narrow and would not fit a window AC. We tried a portable one that just vented through the window, but it did not work—at all.
The heat upstairs was unbearable and prevented access. Every summer. for three years, we would have to abandon the upstairs bedroom and make provisions to sleep downstairs. So, several months out of the year, we lost our bed and I lost my little study area. At the end of our 3-year lease, we decided to move out.
Our church, however, decided to buy the home for the church—and asked if we would be willing to live there. They said they would put in an A/C. We were elated. Several guys worked extremely hard to put the units in and did an amazing job. It has totally transformed the home and now we have access to the upstairs—even on a hot day!
The Curtain Was Torn
At the point of Jesus’ death on the cross, the gospel writers record that the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. This is an extremely significant statement because of what the curtain represented. The curtain was used in the Jewish temple to separate the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.
Within the Holy of Holies was the ark of the covenant. The ark was a container that God commanded the Jews to build giving them specific instructions. The ark, covered with gold, symbolized God’s presence. God told the Jews—I will meet you there (Exod 25:10-22).
The Holy of Holies represented the presence of God and only the high priest could enter, and he could only do so, one day a year—on the Day of Atonement. The rest of the time there was no access allowed.
Paved the Way
However, when Jesus died, the veil was torn. His death, and subsequent resurrection, opened access between God and man. No longer was there a barrier between the Holy Place and Holy of Holies. Jesus Christ, the one and only mediator, paved the way for man to meet God (1 Tim 2:5). Jesus Himself became the door to gain entrance to eternal life. No longer is access limited or denied, but access is given freely through His Son, Jesus and we can come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb 4:16).