Today or now yesterday is known as Good Friday. Many think of this day as the day that Jesus suffered but I see this day in a different light. A day of freedom, a day that Jesus opened Himself up to us by tearing the curtain.
“Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split.” (Matthew 27:50-51)
For many years the chief priests and religious leaders of the day were the only ones allowed to come in the Holy of Holies. They had to be the voice of the people, asking for the forgiveness of the people. There were so many rules that had to be followed, so many things to do to be considered holy. The day that Jesus died though this curtain that had separated the ordinary man from experiencing the presence of the living God was torn in half. According to http://the-tabernacle-place.com: (The Jerusalem temple, a replica of the wilderness tabernacle, had a curtain that was about 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick.)
I feel like this is a very important part in this story. Jesus tore the curtain in half, from top to bottom. This signified our freedom now to come to God in all our mess and sin and be healed and forgiven. This act of tearing the curtain was Jesus opening His love to all, His knowledge, and His power. Like Jesus said in the Garden, He could have called down a legion of angels to deliver Him, but this had to be done. His power is not only shown through tearing the curtain but also through what took place after that.
“The tombs were also opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:52-53)
Jesus tore the curtain for us, so that we could live in His joy and love. Even though we didn’t deserve it, Christ died for us and tore the curtain to show that we no longer had to rely on the religious leaders to have a relationship with God. By Christ’s death, He opened up the Holy of Holies to us. The sinful, the regular, average people. He wants you to know that freedom, just like he tore the temple curtain from top to bottom. There is nothing standing between you and God anymore. Ask for the forgiveness of your sins and give Christ your burdens that he already took from you on the cross. Step into His Holy of Holies, unashamed of your past because you have been freed by His love. His death is not the end of the story. HE IS RISEN!! He is sitting on the right hand of God right now. You are free!
Step into Christ’s freedom tonight.
Have a blessed night,