The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of February 29, 2016
Torn in Two
Luke 23:44-46, “It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,45while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.”
Beloved, Luke 22-23 records the trial and crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and verses 44-46 find us moments before Christ’s death. This monumental event occurs during the middle of the day as Jesus cried out and said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” It is His death which has brought life to so many and His death which changed the manner in which we can approach the Lord as the “curtain of the temple was torn in two.”
So what is so significant about the curtain being torn in two? During the lifetime of Jesus, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish religious life. The temple was the place where animal sacrifices were carried out and worship according to the Law of Moses was followed faithfully. Hebrews 9:1-9 tells us that in the temple a veil, a curtain, separated the Holy of Holies—the earthly dwelling place of God’s presence—from the rest of the temple where men dwelt. This signified that man was separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil once each year (Exodus 30:10; Hebrews 9:7) to enter into God's presence for all of Israel and make atonement for their sins (Leviticus 16).
Beloved, the tearing of the curtain at the moment of Jesus' death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice was a sufficient atonement for sins. It revealed that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile.
The curtain in the temple was a constant reminder that sin renders us unfit for the presence of God. Sin could not be atoned for or erased by mere animal sacrifices. Jesus Christ, through His death, has removed the barriers between God and man, and now we may approach Him with confidence and boldness (Hebrews 4:14-16). The curtain has been torn in two!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!