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The Curtain Was Torn

Amidst the action and description of the scene in Mark 15, it is easy to overlook the significance of verse 38. It seems to break the events being outlined. Why would Mark tell us about the Old Testament temple during the crucifixion? But, this event, the tearing of the temple curtain from top to bottom, represents something monumental.

The curtain of the temple was not a window treatment. This thick piece of fabric separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Jewish temple. The Most Holy Place is where God physically manifested himself among his people. Only the high priest could enter this place once a year to offer a sacrifice to God on behalf of the Israelites.

Verse 38 makes a bold statement.  When Jesus had breathed his last, there was no need for the curtain any longer. Christ became our high priest and offered himself as the atoning sacrifice. Through Christ, there is nothing keeping us from God. In Christ, we can pass through the curtain and approach God at any time. Today, thank God for making a way so that we can experience the privilege of entering his presence and speaking to him directly.

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