Dying With Confidence Because the Veil Has Been Torn

Tori’s great aunt passed away this morning.  She was a godly woman.  Never having any children of her own, she adopted all her many nieces and nephews as her “children.”  There was never a time when I entered her home, and did not see her magnifying glass and large print Bible lying open on the table.  She was a genuine prayer warrior, devoting time every day to intercede on the behalf of others.  Even as she lay dying in her hospital bed, she bowed her head and asked God to bless her glass of water.  Many others saw her good works, and gave glory to our Father who is in heaven, for them.

In the time of the Old Testament, God gave his people specific directions on how to build a Temple.  In this Temple, His glory would reside in the inmost room.  This would be the place where offerings would be made to atone for the sins of the people.  There were divisions in this temple.  The outer court was the court of the Gentiles.  There was the court of the women, then the court of Israel, and then the court of the priests.  After this came the place that was most revered, the Holy of Holies.  God’s Shekhinah glory, (his manifested presence) dwelled in this inner chamber.  The only one who could ever go into the Holy of Holies, was the high priest, and that, only once a year.  Anyone else who entered would immediately die, just as anyone who touched the Ark of the Covenant.

The people did not have direct access to God.  Even the Temple itself, and the sacrifices did not remove the people’s sin, it simply “covered” it; it was a symbol of the Messianic sacrifice that was to come.

2,000 years ago, when Jesus reached the pinnacle of his earthly ministry, the Scriptures reveal the following:

24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour [4] when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. [5] 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

The Death of Jesus

33 And when the sixth hour [6] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. [7] 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he [8] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son [9] of God!”

Mark 15: 24 – 39

Notice again verse 38.

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

When Jesus died on the cross, there was no longer any barrier between the Holy God and his people.  Jesus instantly became the bridge between the presence of God himself, and the people for whom He died.

I thought about that, as I reflected on the death of little Annie May, Tori’s great aunt.  That feeble, frail, suffering, ninety-four year old woman, left her earthly tent; and stepped out as the redeemed, blood bought bride of Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Lamb that was Slain…  and because 2,000 years ago, Jesus’ death tore the veil – and “now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”, Annie May entered into the Holy of Holies, the Shekhinah glory, the presence of God Himself.

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  1. Tori also wrote about this here: http://littlesugarmama.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/a-tribute-to-little-auntie/

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