Reflection: We are invited to pass through the curtain. The curtain was what separated the presence of God (in the most sacred part of the Temple––the Holy of Holies) from ordinary people. No one was allowed to go through the curtain except the High Priest, and he was only allowed to do so once a year to make a sacrifice for the sins of the people. The curtain was a visual reminder that ordinary people like you and me were barred from the presence of God.
So, when Jesus died on a cross to pay the price for our sins that would otherwise disbar us from God’s presence, we read that the curtain in the temple that separated us from God was torn in two (Mark 15:38).
Intimacy with God is now possible. Jesus has paid the price for our sins and made us worthy to stand before God.
So, let me ask: Which side of the curtain are you standing? Have you felt too unworthy to enter? Or have you entered into God’s presence?
Prayer: Dear Father, the thought that I could ever stand before a holy God is laughable, for I know my failings all too well. But you have torn down the curtain that separated me from you, and I’m more grateful than words can say. In Jesus name. Amen.