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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Jesus, the Torn Curtain, and His Resurrection"

Date published: 03/31/2013
 
Mark 15:37-38 “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard His cry and saw how He died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’”   
 
Last week, we talked of the excruciating torture and suffering Jesus endured for us before and on the cross. Now let’s look at a significant happening at the time of Jesus’ death. Mark 15:37-38 describes the temple curtain – separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place – tearing in two at the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross. To put this into perspective, the Most Holy Place was God’s special dwelling place in the temple. Whoever entered into the Most Holy Place (which was the High Priest who entered only once a year on the Day of Atonement) entered into the very presence of God. This 4 inch thick curtain basically shielded sinful man from the Most Holy God. Just as Jesus’ body was torn from the top of His head to the bottom of His feet, so also the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom. This tearing in two of the curtain opened up full access to the Most Holy Place symbolizing that we now have complete access to God through the torn body of Jesus Christ. Jesus – the sinless, Perfect Sacrifice – atoned for our sins and made us right before God. Thank You, Jesus!  Now let’s talk about His resurrection – the reason we joyfully celebrate Easter! After the Sabbath that followed Jesus’ crucifixion, at dawn on the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna, and Salome bought spices to anoint Jesus’ body to ready it for burial. When they reached the tomb, they saw that it was empty! As they entered the tomb, they beheld an angel who explained to these precious women that Jesus had risen from the dead. Matthew 28:5 describes it this way: “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.’”Jesus conquered death by His death and resurrection! Thank you, Jesus, for Your indescribable gift of Your life for me! Thank You for carrying my sins to the cross and for paying for my sins with Your blood. Thank You for Your obedience to Your Heavenly Father – knowing that You were going to be despised by most, betrayed by Judas, deserted by Your disciples, mockedfloggedcrucified, and separated from Your Heavenly Father at Your most desperate hour. You did this all for me! Thank You that You sit at the right hand of God interceding for me! All I have to do to become Your child and live with you in heaven for all eternity is: believe that God raised You from the dead and confess that You are Lord. Thank You, Lord Jesus that Your death on the cross paid for all my sins so that I can boldly approach the throne of God and never be separated from Him – ever! I love You, Lord Jesus!!      
 
Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”