“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:51).
There has never been and never will be any human death where it causes an earth quake or rock to split “and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed” (Luke 23:44). The creation reacted to its Creator going into death. WOW!
While this is astounding to our minds, even more amazing is why the curtain (veil) in the temple that separated the Most Holy Place was torn in two. The significance of this is by far greater than the earth quake, rocks split or darkness. Those who could never look into the presence of God could now enter in without any hindrance!
I will let Paul explain how important the torn curtain was. “Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2). What is this “access by faith?” No longer must we approach God through a priest as they did in the Old Testament, but we have direct access to God because Jesus made the way for us into God’s presence through His death.
What is the proof of this? “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace (God’s throne), that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We who are saved from God’s wrath by the death of Jesus should rejoice daily that we have this glorious, open access to the presence of God, anywhere, anytime, under any condition!
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