last of lent and a curtain torn in two.

when Jesus died, the curtain was torn in half from the top to the bottom.  it is mentioned in 3 out of 4 of the gospels. just a sentence. but it’s there. it’s like a hint. a secret little hint that you have to pay attention to. because it’s never explained really in the New Testament until Hebrews, and even then, it’s not very obvious. but this, this little hint is something that has grabbed my attention for years and hasn’t let go. and these past two days i have been thinking about it a lot. i was thinking about it as i read the accounts of Jesus dying. check it out:

“And behold the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. and the earth shook and the rocks split.” Matthew 27:51

“And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.” Luke 23:45

“The curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38

now, why is this one little sentence {times 3!} significant?

because, as Hebrews 9 explains the custom of the Jewish priests, the curtain was what covered the “Most Holy Place.”

v.3-4 “…Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place,  having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.” 

Jewish priests only went into the Most Holy place when they were cleansed by a blood sacrifice– for himself and for the people. (guys, this is gross, he had to splash blood all over himself!) and he had to do this every year. he went in to petition for the people. to pray for God. to be a mediator for the people.

v.6-7 “These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,  but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.

see, and that’s why it’s so AWESOME that the very second that Jesus died for us on that Good black Friday, the curtain tore. it tore because HE TOOK CARE OF IT ALL. He was the blood sacrifice. 

v.11-12 “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)  he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”

HE WAS THE BLOOD SACRIFICE. for you and me, by His perfect blood, we no longer need to go through the yearly ritual of jewish priests to be made holy in the sight of God. Jesus did this so He could be our mediator.

v.15 “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant”

seriously guys, go read Hebrews 9 again right now. go read it, thinking about how when Christ died the curtain tore. and then read it thinking about Christ rising this coming Easter morning, the curtain is torn in two and we have direct connection through Jesus our Lord to a heavenly Father who loves us.

Praise THE LORD.

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  • day 39-a very silly girl who insisted on climbing into the colander {to sit and think?} so i’m thankful for ways she cracks me up. she makes me laugh every day and i didn’t realize how much i needed that.
  • day 40- nature preparing for new life. fitting for holy saturday, don’t ya think? a new nest on the wreath on our front porch.

lent day 39 lent day 40

let me know what you think about all the curtain business. hee hee.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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One Response to last of lent and a curtain torn in two.

  1. Sharon April 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi Kim,

    If you and JT have not been to the replica of the tabernacle at the Mennonite Historical Society, I think you would really enjoy it. It is near the Starbucks by Tanger. The road just past Starbucks (going west) is Millstream and the Mennonite Historical Society is just around the corner from 30 and to your right. The MHS offers tours daily, I think. You can check their website.

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