Jesus: The Veil Torn

When coming before God in prayer or worship, do you ever wonder if He hears you? As His children, are we truly worthy to enter the throne room of the holy King of kings?

These are worthy questions to be asked and, gratefully, the author of Hebrews addresses!

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:19-23).

According to these verses, what can we have as we enter into the holy places? Why can we confidently enter God’s throne room in prayer? What does the curtain represent?

We can do so because Jesus’ priestly work has granted us access. Nothing we have done has earned that privilege. But because of what He has done we are encouraged to draw near to God boldly, with full assurance of faith.

What is “the curtain?”

Jesus’ flesh is identified with the curtain from the tabernacle. What is the significance of this? By doing some cross-referencing, we can learn more about the purpose of the veil. Exodus 26:31-33 says:

 And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, on four bases of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy.

The curtain served to separate the Holy of holies from the rest of the Holy Place in the tabernacle; it was a protective barrier between sinful humanity and the holy presence of God. Without sacrifice for sin, the priest could not pass through the veil into God’s presence and live.

However, in Matthew 27:51, we see something incredible occur: at the moment Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross, the curtain in the temple tore from top to bottom. As the author of Hebrews explains, Jesus’ flesh was “torn” at His death so that you & I can enter and enjoy God’s presence, without fear of death. What a powerful picture for us of what Jesus’ death accomplished for us!

If you have trusted in Jesus’ High Priestly work, having believed in HIS work and not your own, you can come before the Father confidently. Our High Priest, Jesus, has sprinkled your heart clean and has washed you with pure water. You can enter into the holy place through the veil, His torn flesh! May this truth daily motivate you to spend time with Him in prayer and worship!

 

Emily Kelly lives in Athens, GA with her awesome  husband, where she is on staff with the college ministry of Watkinsville First Baptist Church.

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