“When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was torn from top to bottom (see Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:28). This curtain set the Most Holy Place apart in the interior of the temple. Only the High Priest entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest carried blood into this holy curtained off space. The book of Hebrews reveals that this drama, acted out in isolation once a year, foreshadowed Christ’s atoning work as our High Priest offering His own blood as propitiation for our sins.
The Temple curtain was tall, the top beyond man’s reach. That the curtain was torn from top to bottom is significant. I catch my breath. The Father sees the Son’s death and rips the curtain, opening access into His presence. The door is open; the invitation stands: “Come.” This act of hospitality makes my knees weak.“
Jean Fleming. Pursue the Intentional Life pg. 107
i’m still working my way through Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming. this chapter about a hospitable God captures my heart. i’ve reread it multiple times and i feel like i still can’t get my mind around it. i’ve always adored that little description about the curtain temple because it’s just so unfathomable:
“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
crazy right?! i mean, it kind of blows my mind that this curtain, this separation that was there from the beginning of the temple, was torn on the moment of Christ’s death. from top to bottom, so there could be no mistake, this was God.
this separation is what kept you and me from speaking freely with our God. and when Jesus died, that separation was removed. there IS NO LONGER separation because of Jesus.
we are free to enter the Holy of Holies.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus…” Hebrews 10:19
to approach the throne of Grace.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, …”Hebrews 4:16
JESUS SAYS COME.
“Come all who are thirsty, come to the waters…Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” Isaiah 55:1-3
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
and yet, how many of us do this? do I COME to the Lord? every DAY?
if a great, powerful person opened up his home and invited you to come and spend time with him, said that he had made time for YOU, you would take a little time in your day to do so, yes?
i feel like it still doesn’t hit my heart as hard as it should. YOU GUYS, the HOLY OF HOLIES, the place of pure sacredness has been opened and God asks us to just come.
“I confess, the privilege of Your hospitality has not captured me as it should”
Jean Fleming pg.107
this idea of a hospitable God surprises me. and it makes me think. what about you?