The Veil In The Temple

The Cosmic Tragedy occurred when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, bringing death and separation from God into the world. As a result, we are born sinners and separated from God. The cherub-covered veil in the temple stood as a stark reminder of that separation, reminding people of the cherubs who guarded the Garden of Eden and warning people against entering into the holiest place of the temple.
But God moved to remove that separation. Romans 5:6-8 says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God moved to remove the separation by sending Christ to die for our sins. Hebrews 2:17 says, “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Christ is our faithful high priest who can bring reconciliation for us. How did He do that? How could Christ remove the separation between us and God? Christ provides reconciliation by paying the full penalty for our sin. Hebrews 7:26-27 says, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” In the Old Testament, the high priest was a sinner, and he needed to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as for the other peoples. But those animal sacrifices could never take away our sins; they only pointed ahead to what Christ would do (Hebrews 9:12-14; 10:4). Christ never needed to offer a sacrifice for His own sins, because He is sinless. So as our high priest, He offered one sin that forever paid the full penalty of all of our sin. But it was a heavy sacrifice, because He offered Himself as that sacrifice when He died on the cross for us. When Christ offered that sacrifice, a miraculous thing happened in Jerusalem. Matthew 27:51 says, “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.” For hundreds of years the veil in the temple had stood as a symbol of the separation between God and man. But when Christ died on the cross, God Himself ripped the veil from top to bottom, showing that Christ’s death and resurrection could bring true reconciliation between God and man. Now we have the unique and amazing privilege of being reconciled to God. Hebrews 10:19-21 says, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God.” In the Old Testament, a literal veil stood between people and the presence of God revealed in the holiest place of the temple. When the high priest was allowed to enter the holiest place, he had to literal go through the veil and into the presence of God. But that veil is no longer in force. Now the “veil” that we “go through” to reach God’s presence is Christ. The veil in the Old Testament pictured Christ, for we go through Christ, and only Christ (John 14:6), to receive salvation and come into God’s presence. No longer do we need to be terrified of God’s presence. We have the opportunity to come to God the Father through Jesus, God the Son. That is a privilege that people in the Old Testament could only dream of. But that is the privilege which God has granted to us. As we celebrate Easter, we are celebrating the great gift that God has given to us in Christ. Let us never forget the great salvation that God has provided for us, and if you have never accepted Christ as Savior before, you have that opportunity today. Christ has fully paid for our salvation, but we need to accept the gift that He freely offers to us.
–Pastor Tim



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