The curtain in the Temple prevented the worshippers inside the Temple from entering the Holy of Holies, the symbolic location of God's presence on earth. It was a constant reminder that the people were separated from God.
"Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." (Mark 15:37-38)
And now we know that the ultimate purpose of the curtain was not just to show separation, but to announce restoration!
"By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place." (Hebrews 10:20)
And by his Resurrection we know Jesus has conquered both sin and death.
The Resurrection is grounded in eternity. Therefore...
- It can transform our past.
- It can transform our present.
- It can transform our future.
"He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross." (Col. 2:14)
The torn curtain carries a promise: God tells us that when we are reconnected to him, his power will be at work in our lives to prepare us for heaven - to make us perfect, to make us like Jesus.
Those who follow Christ will follow him into the grave, but will also follow him into new life on the other side of the grave.
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