by Robert

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

Mark 15:38 ESV

Jesus’ death wasn’t simply the worst miscarriage of justice ever. Yes, it was an innocent man executed as a criminal. But it was so much more than that.

The fact that the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom is evidence of the significance of Christ’s death. It wasn’t just some little net curtain that a bad tempered priest ripped in two. It was an epic thing that tore from top to bottom: no human hands could have done this.

The curtain of the temple was what separated the “holy of holies”, where God was said to dwell. By tearing the curtain in two, God was demonstrating that the death of Christ was getting rid of the barrier between Him and us. The significance will not have been lost on the priests, many of whom came to faith in the book of Acts.

So how does Jesus’ death give us access to God? It’s because by His death He removed the penalty of our sin from us, so that we can have peace with God through faith in Him. All we need to do is cry out to Him.

“Heavenly Father, thank You so much that we can now confidently approach You through the death of Jesus on our behalf. Help us to do so, in His name, amen”