Luke 23:44-46 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.
At sundown today Jews around the world will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. To those poor souls who have rejected atonement through the blood of Jesus Christ this is a High Holy Day, the day in which they believe God will forgive them of the sins they committed over the past year. Traditionally on this day the High Priest of Israel would go behind a veil in the Temple and enter a
place called the Holy of Holies to sprinkle the blood of sacrificed animals over the Ark of the Covenant. The veil represented separation between God and man, and the High Priest was allowed to come into the presence of God only once each year to ask forgiveness for all Israel.
But there came a day when all that changed. Jesus Christ, the Holy Son of God died on a cross as the final and eternal sacrifice for sin, not only for the sins of Israel but all the world. On the day Christ died the world became dark; there was a great earthquake and stones were split. Matthew tells us people came out of the tombs. But we also hear that the veil in the Temple was rent, torn in two from top to bottom.
When Jesus died on the cross He made a way for all who believe in Him to enter into the presence of God and ask for forgiveness at any time. By the atoning blood of Christ we who believe are no longer separated from the presence of God. Through intercessory prayer we can seek forgiveness through an eternal High Priest, a mediator between God and Man whose name is Jesus. Praise God for the torn veil.
Have a God Filled Week,
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