Exodus 26:33 – Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. (NIV)
Matthew 27:50-51 – 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. (NIV)
One day this winter, I looked out the window, only to see the huge mounds of snow — snow that had not only fallen, but had been piled high by the snowplow. The day was sunny and cold when I parted the curtains in the living room to let the light shine in.
I was reminded of today's scripture verses, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New. Here is depicted the curtain that God had designed, through which the high priest once a year would enter the Most Holy Place.
Now the curtain has been taken away. At the exact time of the death of Jesus, the curtain in the temple was torn in two. What a traumatic time in the history of our Christian faith! When this happened, the earth shook, and huge rocks were split.
The removal of the curtain was a miracle in itself, for none but the hand of God could reach up to the top of the curtain to tear it downward, and open the way for us to pass through. We can now go into the presence of God, not only at the time of our death, but at any time when we pray to the Father through Jesus, who is our one and only mediator.
The way has been made clear for us, just like my opening of the living room curtains to let the sun shine in. We now have Jesus, our light, to shine in our lives, showing us the way to eternal life. There is now no fear of death, for we can easily come to God through the sacrifice of Christ.
Prayer: Almighty and gracious Father, You gave Your Son Jesus for us, that we might have eternal life. Thank You that we can now come to You through the crucified Christ, the Messiah, in prayer, repentance, and thanksgiving. May the light of Jesus shine through our lives to show others. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.