19 - Separation Removed!
These are the instructions God gave Moses concerning His place of worship:
Exodus chapter 26:
31. Inside the Tabernacle, make a curtain from fine linen, with blue,
purple, and scarlet Guardian Angels embroidered into the cloth.
32. Hang this curtain on gold hooks set into four pillars made from acacia
wood overlaid with gold. The pillars are to be set in silver bases.
33. Behind this curtain place the Ark containing the stone tablets
engraved with God's laws. The curtain will separate the Holy Place
and the Most Holy Place.
Now this curtain was hung from a height of at least 15 feet. When
Jesus Christ died, unseen hands tore this curtain from top to bottom.
So the hands that did this must have been hands of authority and
strength beyond those of a human being. This was done supernaturally
by God. The reason is clear:
This curtain was the symbol of the separation between God and people.
This curtain said very clearly that God is so holy that failing, sinful
humans could not come into His immediate presence. Even shedding the
blood of a lamb only covered their sin for one year.
Now that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the
cross, our sin is not just covered for one year, but the sin that had
caused the separation between God and people had been dealt with fully
once and for all time.
Through the blood of Jesus Christ, the way is now open for ordinary
people to approach God without fear of death. We can now do, with
reverence and freedom, what Psalm 100 says:
1 Shout with joy before the Lord, O earth!
2 Obey him gladly; come before him, singing with joy.
3 Try to realize what this means - the Lord is God!
He made us - we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving;
enter his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is always good.
He is always loving and kind,
and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.
Father in heaven, thank You for making a way for me to approach
You, Holy God, through the death of Jesus Christ in my place.
Thank You for opening the way into Your presence for me.
I come to
You today with great thanksgiving.
I bow to You and bless Your name.
Thank You for always being good; for always having my interest
at heart and being kind to me.
Thank You for not leaving me out and excluding me, but going
out of Your way to include me and be faithful to me.
My heart overflows with thanksgiving for Your great love for me,
In Jesus' name,
Tomorrow we'll be back with another meditation about the Lord Jesus Christ!
He Is the King of GLORY!