Tuesday, August 31
Full and Free
Luke 23:32-49 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him...
think about it.
What does Jesus pray for (23:34)? What does Jesus promise the man who spoke up for Him (23:42-43)? What in this passage tells you that Jesus is who He says is?
Prior to Jesus coming to the earth and dying on the cross for our sins, God's people lived under the law and through that law their access to God was accomplished through the priests. (We'll read about this in detail tomorrow in Hebrews 9:1-14). God's dwelling place was a tent or temple (depending on the time in history) and the temple was divided into sections with the innermost section being the most holy place to which only the high priest had access once a year. The high priest would enter and offer a blood sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people. The divider, or barrier, between the most holy place and the outer section was a veil or curtain. Luke 23:32-49 is about Jesus' crucifixion and when we get to verse 45 it tells us that "the curtain of the temple was torn in two." That tearing, which was from top to bottom, was the result of Jesus death on the cross. The moment that took place, we were given access to God through Jesus Christ. He (Jesus) made the final sacrifice and is now our mediator. The days of sacrificing the blood of animals are over.
We've never lived under the law and the requirement of making blood sacrifices. So even though we can read and understand what these requirements were, we've never experienced them. So for a lot of years, I didn't' fully grasp the symbolism and significance of the tearing of the veil. And then at some point, I fully got it, the light bulb came on, and I was amazed, humbled and so thankful for what Jesus did for me.
So would you take some time today to thank Jesus for what he did for you? Then, think about the full and free access we have to God through Jesus. What can we do to take full advantage of it? Tami W.
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