March 26, 2005

The Most Holy Place of

The Most Holy Place of the tabernacle was covered by a thick veil and access was restricted only to the high priest once a year. It was there that the high priest could come to offer sacrifices and atonement only to move the people's sins ahead of them like a dark cloud on the horizon. Yes, sins would go forward, but they would never truly leave and the people would never feel completely washed and free from the guilt. They could never truly escape and be free.

But then something happened to change all that.

And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness, God was manifest in the flesh; justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (I Timothy 3:16 KJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1; John 1:14 KJV)

God came to earth, though He didn't have too. He suffered affliction, though He never needed too. He Died. To Live Again.

And when He Died, the earth shuddered. The sky turned dark. And the veil. The veil of that temple?

And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. (Mark 15:38 KJV)

Jesus became our high priest and entered the temple. Our sins were not just pushed forward but now they can be washed clean. The veil was torn to give us all access to Him and to His Mercy. We no longer need a priest for atonement, we can repent and pray to God ourselves. We can be free from the bondage of sin.

And when we repent, it is for the "remission of sins"; as though they never existed. Erased from the memory of an infinite God...

(Read Hebrews 6 and 9 to learn more about the veil.)

Posted by Jody at March 26, 2005 10:12 AM | TrackBack
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