The Torn Curtain
Christ's Grace-Filled Love
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” -Matthew 27:51a
Before Jesus went to the cross, there was a barrier that kept the people of God from the presence of God. There was an enormous 45 to 60 foot curtain that separated the Inner Court of the Tabernacle/Temple with the Holy of Holies, which housed the Ark of the Covenant.
What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (1) The Golden Pot of Manna, which was a reminder that God always provides a way, (2) The tablets of the Commandments, which was a reminder of the Word of God, and (3) the staff of Aaron, which had miraculously budded, blossomed and bore fruit after it was dead. This is a reminder of death coming to life. Three items in the Ark that reminded us of the Way, the Truth and the Life: Jesus!
The lid of the Ark of the Covenant was known as the Mercy Seat. What did God say about the Mercy Seat? “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you.” (Exodus 25:22). Because God has always wanted a place to meet with us, He decided to make a way.
Life Lesson: The more we learn about God’s love, the more we understand God’s grace.
Something supernatural took place when Christ Jesus gave His life on the cross of Calvary. The curtain of the temple was torn. Why was this important? Because now, we have access to the Presence of God every day. Every hour. Every moment. We don’t have to be a High Priest to enter, we simply need to be a committed follower of Christ.
Do we deserve this great privilege? Nope. It’s only by His grace. The Temple Mercy Seat is like today’s Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). Where would you and I be without the mercy and grace of the Lord? The torn curtain of the Temple reminds me of God’s grace-filled love.
What is the barrier holding you back from experiencing God’s presence? Anger? Unforgiveness? Lack of faith? Guilt? Condemnation? Whatever your barrier is, don’t forget that Christ tore it down on the day that He died. Now, you have access into His wonderful presence. That is grace-filled love.
Question to Meditate on: What steps do you need to take and what barriers do you need to overcome in order to experience the fullness of God’s presence every day?
1) Thank the Lord for His mercy and grace. Purpose to extend that same grace to others.
2) Ask the Lord to help you overcome any issue that you are dealing with today so you can live in His grace-filled love.