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Discover the Book - Mar. 25, 2008

  • 2008 Mar 25

Jesus is the Creator and the Way to God


As Jesus hung on the cross he performed another miracle. He reached over and touched the Temple. He said He was the way to God, so He REACHED OVER and touched the Temple. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (KJV)


Old Testament Worship centered around the Tabernacle and then the Temple. Divinely designed liturgy was carried on for 1,500 nearly unbroken years in the way Moses was told by God to do it on Mt. Sinai.


The epicenter of that worship was the Holy Place. In the front half of it stood the Altar of Incense, Golden Lampstand and Table of Showbread. The room was divided by a curtain. This curtain was actually a finely woven rug 4 inches thick, 60 feet high and 40 feet wide. Massive and towering and declaring one clear message STAY OUT. No natural light ever penetrated its dark depths. Even the light of the ever burning lampstand never reached behind the veil.


In better times the Shekinah Glory of the Presence of God made the Holiest of Holies behind the veil brighter than noon day. In all of Israels history probably no more than 50 men had ever gone into the holy of holies. David never went in, Daniel and Jeremiah never went in. Only the High Priest and then only once a year.


Inside that room was a box covered with gold, containing the stone tablets of the Law, a pot of manna and Aarons Rod that budded. Above that Ark of the Covenant stood two golden cherubims with wings sheilding the mercy seat. Their faces gazing downward forever focusing upon the blood.


When that day came for the High Priest to pass behind that veil. He was wearing bells on the hem of his garment to let the other priests know he was still alive as he was inside; garbed carefully in the God directed robes and priestly garments. With trembling hands cradling a basin of blood, veiled by a cloud of smoking incense burning in a pot he carried - the High Priest would enter.


Sprinkling the blood on that mercy seat on behalf of all the people of God and hastening out. Why? The only purpose of the Veil was to keep people out of the Holy Presence of God. God was saying I AM HOLY. YOU ARE NOT. STAY OUT!


On the day Christ died can you imagine the scene those officiating priests must have beheld? They came in to trim the lamps, pour a handful of incense over the fire on the altar and change the bread on the Table. Then perhaps at that very moment Christ touched the Veil.


With an unearthly sound that massive curtain was violently torn from top to bottom. Aghast, as for the first time in nearly 1,500 years common people looked upon the ark and the mercy seat and God’s throne of grace and mercy. As God said ANYONE WHO WISHES MAY COME IN NOW. YOU ARE WELCOME ANYTIME. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV) Aren’t you glad we live on this side of Calvary. He reached up and touched the Sun, He reached over and touched the Temple . . .


THEN, He reached down and touched the Rocks

He said He was the Creator, so He REACHED DOWN and touched the Rocks. John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.


Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (KJV)


At the Palm Sunday Triumphal entry Jesus said to those criticizing the shouts of Hosanna Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (KJV)


Here at Calvary, the Greatest moment in History and now no one would cry out His glory. Only days before thousands and tens of thousands thronged Him crying HOSANNA, and treated Him as a King. But now no one raised a voice in protest of this crime, except one dying thief. Where were they?

·        Bartemaeus, He made you see when you shouted after Him on the road to Jericho, why are you so silent now?

·        Lazarus, He raised you from the dead not more than a week ago. Where are you, can’t you say anything?

·        Nicodemus, you came one night seeking and found eternal life, stand up ans say something.

·        Deaf and mute sons and daughters of Abraham, He loosed your tongues and opened your ears, can’t you raise that voice now and glorify Him?

·        Matthew, you left all your career and wealth to follow Him, where are you?

·        Thomas, you bow at His feet and worship Him a few days from now. Can’t you look at Him now and cry out MY LORD AND MY GOD! Where are you now?

·        Disciples, He took you everywhere to witness His deity for three years. He calmed the sea, raised the dead, put shining eyes into dark and empty sockets, cast out demons and loved you to the end. Where are you now? Hiding in back alleys and scared to death. Come and say something . . .

·        Peter, you stand at Pentecost barely six weeks from now and declare Acts 2:22-36 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (NIV) You are ashamed of last night and your denials, aren’t you Peter. Can’t you speak up for Him?


So since no one else will speak up God picked –


·        A dying thief to seek Him as Jesus the Savior, and cry out REMEMBER ME.

·        A pagan Roman Governor to place over His head the declaration He was the Messiah, Christ.

·        A calloused soldier at the foot of the Cross to confess Him as Lord, the very Son of God.

·        And He reached down and touched the rocks, and they convulsed - CRYING OUT THEIR WORSHIP OF THEIR MAKER.


So He reached up and touched the Sun, He reached over and touched the Temple, He reached down and touched the Rocks. Read tomorrow’s devotional to learn more about Christ’s miracles from the cross.


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