On Tuesday nights, we've been going to a home study going through The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. The book starts in Genesis and brings out the need for and the promise of a Deliver from sin. Last time, we talked about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the climax of the story.
During the discussion, the veil in the temple was mentioned. If you've studied through the Law, you probably know this curtain separated the Holy place from the Most Holy place, where the Ark of the Covenant signified the presence of God. The veil had an important function, it prevented the people from seeing God's glory while in their sin. In fact, only one person, the High Priest was allowed in, and he was only allowed in once a year to make atonement (a covering) for the peoples' sins. This veil was quite tall, about 60 feet, and quite thick, about 4 inches, but immediately after Christ said "It is finished" while he was on the cross, this veil was ripped from the top down, opening the way into the Most Holy place.
and the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. - Mark 15:38
..when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. - Hebrews 6:17-20
Through the work of Christ, I now have access to the Creator! I have something to base my life on, I have someone to run to, I have a reason to live, I have hope! And the best part- its all built on the work of another, it's not based on my performance, it won't change depending on my mood! it's based on what God himself did through Christ! Anyone who comes to God solely depending on the work of Christ will have access!
because of Jesus' sacrifice for sins, we can have confidence to enter the holy place 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