The story yesterday is probably my favorite story in the entire Bible. Come to think of it, it is actually THE story of the entire Bible. It’s told in the Gospels in just one short, dramatic line.
Can you imagine the thick curtain beginning to split at the very top, the tear slowly moving downward? Can you hear the ripping of fabric? Can you see the richly colored threads falling apart as the way opens up into the Most Holy place?
God’s making a dramatic statement. That curtain has hung between God and mankind for centuries. Now He is telling the world that He is changing His relationship to all of humanity.
Jesus dies, and the barrier between God and humanity is torn apart.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. (Hebrews 10:19-20)
Jesus’ death did away with all the barriers between us and God. His blood blotted out the sin in our lives that separated us from God. He died so men and women could once again have a relationship with their Creator, a relationship as free and intimate as Adam and Eve once had with God.
Paul writes in Colossians that we were enemies of God, but He opened the way of reconciliation through the death of Christ, “As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (1:22)
Somehow, the blood that flowed from the body of Christ wiped away my guilt. Every bit of it!
He has ushered me into His presence. I stand blameless before Him.
That’s beyond my comprehension. It’s a mystery.
But it is the absolute, certain hope that changes my life.
(Excuse me for a moment, while my soul does a little dance of joy.)
My God says, “You can come to me freely. Come. Don’t be afraid.”
The curtain is torn apart. The door is flung open. The arms are held wide.
you have endowed [me] with eternal blessings
and given [me] the joy of your presence.
© Elaine Starner 2015
Photo credit: Claire Pridgeon