“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which 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; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen; in skilled work shall it be made, with cherubim; and you shall hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, upon four bases of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in thither within the veil; and the veil shall separate for you the holy place from the most holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.”
“And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!“
God’s mercy seat was located in the Holy of Holies, which was the most sacred place in the temple. It was an area that only the High Priest could enter into before God, and then only once a year for the Day of Atonement. Between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies was a curtain that separated the two rooms. This curtain represented the divide between man and God. It was a separation that could only be passed through by the High Priest, God’s representative for His people. This was the tradition up until Christ’s crucifixion, but when Jesus died on the cross that veil was torn from top to bottom (heaven to earth). It was a symbol demonstrating that now all of God’s people had access to him through His son Jesus, our High Priest.
Jesus’ crucifixion provided the necessary sacrifice to bridge the divide between man and God. This is one of the greatest gifts that God could give us: the ability to come before Him through His son.
May we not take this wonderful blessing for granted.