In the Jewish tabernacle and later in the Temple there was a veil (a huge, thick curtain) blocking the way to the innermost room called the Holy of Holies. It was here that the presence of Almighty God dwelt in the form of a cloud. No one could enter behind the veil except the high priest and then only once a year to make an offering for his own sins and the sins of the people. The message to a sinful world was loud and clear: “God is here and you cannot come in!” The veil meant that the people had no personal access to God. Sin barred the way into His holiness. But Jesus came and did what none of the Jewish high priests could ever do. Though they could go in and represent the people they could never take the people in! When Jesus, both High Priest and sacrifice, entered God’s holy Presence with His own blood, He did so as our “forerunner.” For at His death, “The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:38) Jesus broke down the sin barrier so that we could follow Him into the very presence of God! In Christ we have access to God’s wonderful throne of grace! Jesus has made a “new and living way,” literally, “a just now way,” so although it was two thousand years ago, we can come as if it was done for us just now. We can draw near and worship Him because God Himself has made the way. And, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast...” (Heb 6:19)
Are you anchored to Christ? Does He have a hold of your life? Do the promises of life in Christ hold you sure and steadfast? Or are you drifting in this world of sin and suffering, disobedience and disappointment? Jesus knows what it’s like to live on this planet; having been persecuted, rejected, betrayed, deserted, misunderstood and even tempted, “yet without sin.” He is the great and compassionate High Priest. Let Him represent you and take you in.
- From Study #5164