Can you imagine having access to God 24/7? You can talk to Him, pray to Him, sing to Him, cry to Him anytime you want? This is exactly what Jesus made happen when He died on the Cross.
In the Old Testament, God directed Moses and the Jews to build Him a temple. It was quite an exquisite and intricate piece of architecture. You can read about it in the book of Exodus.
There was a room called the Most Holy Place. It was separated from the rest of the temple by a curtain. This curtain is described in the book of Exodus as “a special curtain of finely woven linen . . . with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim.” This was no ordinary curtain. It was used to separate God from people because of sin. (Exodus 26:31)
No one but the High Priest was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place, and that was only after he had performed a series of rituals, which included offering animal sacrifices, cleansing his body, and wearing a specific set of clothes.
The High Priest entered the Most Holy Place in order to make the people holy and sinless in the sight of God. This is how people were cleansed from sin before Jesus arrived.
Jesus changed everything when He gave himself to die on the cross.
In Matthew 27, it’s recorded that when Jesus “released his spirit . . . the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” This is the same curtain that was used to separate God from His people, because His people were sinful and unrighteous, and could not be in the direct presence of God. (Matthew 27:40)
Do you realize what happened here? Jesus death not only saved us from eternal condemnation, but it gave us a direct path to God the Father. We no longer have to perform rituals of cleansing and animal sacrifices in order to be in the presence of God.
This truth speaks to my heart every time I think about it. Jesus has done so much more for us than simply save us from sin. His death has allowed us to have a relationship with God the Father.
Have you ever looked at Jesus death as more than just a means of forgiveness from sin? What does it mean for you to have a direct path to God?
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