Matthew 27:50-54 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
The course of events that took place that day will always amaze me.
The blood had been shed. Jesus breathed His last and yielded Himself to die.
We often read through the next few verses never taking into account their significance.
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;”
Prior to this, man could never approach God directly unless it was through the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement. On that day, the high priest would enter into the Holy of Holies with the blood for all the people. He was the people’s representative; their advocate.
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
And we read in Hebrews:
Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
The heartbeat of God has always been to restore the relationship broken by sin. Every aspect of the life of Christ pointed to the fulfillment of that which was already agreed upon before the world ever began.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
2 Timothy 1:9-10 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
So the veil being torn brings a certain significance.
It was the first act perfomed by God after the sacrifice of His Son.
It signified that the way to approach God was now made clear for man to come without the need of an earthly high priest. Christ had now become our High Priest.
Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Truly, one of the greatest fights we have in this Christian life is the time and ability to pray effectively. The enemy knows that we have direct access. He also knows that we can move the hand of God.
Jesus Christ paid a great price for the honor and priviledge for us to come into the throne room of our Heavenly Father. It seems so ungrateful to neglect something so precious; bought at such a price!
Take time out of your busy schedule to acknowledge this most precious gift.
Make the time needed to clear a space in time and focus on your communication with God – it shows our gratitude and appreciation when we make it a priority in our life.