At the cross I bow my knees
Where Your blood was shed for me
There’s no greater love than this
You tore the veil, You made a way
When You said that is done.
An excerpt from the song “At the Cross by Hillsong”, a song that stirred the hearts of many people, no one could fathom this kind of love and sacrifice made by our Savior Jesus Christ. Praise and glory to Him alone who set us free, who’ve broken every chain that even death lost its grip on mankind.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things to come. Nor heights, nor depths, nor any other creatures shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
God made a way when the veil in the temple was rent in twain.
An event took place after our Lord Jesus Christ yielded up the Holy Ghost (Matthew 27:50-51). He cried in a loud voice, earth had shaken, and the veil of the temple was rent in twain, IT IS DONE! Through God’s boundless love, mercy and grace, mankind of all races, sinners and lost were redeemed from the wages of sin, which is DEATH.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.(Romans 3:23)
As for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
But despite of God’s steadfast love, grace and mercy, mankind keep on sinning and enjoying the will that have given to them.
In the beginning God created heaven and earth without blemish, a sinless world. But when sin entered, it caused separation between God and man. Leviticus 19:2, encouraged us that “we should consecrate ourselves and be holy for the Lord our God is holy”. 1 Peter 1:16 said, “You shall be holy for I am Holy”. And in Psalms 5:4-6, it is sinning that defile man and we know that God hated sin.
Sin and disobedience cannot exist in the presence of our Holy God, thus a barrier exist to separate God and man. In the Old Testament, the holiness of God, cannot be accessed by anyone, and no one had ever seen the glory of God.
But what is has to do with the veil that was rent in twain? God deliberately instructed Moses in the book of Exodus how to build the tabernacle. A place that can only be entered by a high priest to offer burnt offerings and sprinkle the sacrificial blood once a year on the Day of Atonement. High priest did this to atone the transgressions of the Israelites so that God will forgive them in all of their iniquities. In Exodus 26:33, a veil was hung that separates the holy place and the most holy, “The Holy of Holies”, which God said He would appear in Leviticus 16:2, so there’s a need for the veil. This veil in the temple that was rent in twain when Jesus cried out, in which some studies, allegorically represents the sin of mankind that separates God and man.
But “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Through God’s love, mercy, and grace He laid out His redemptive plan, to remove the veil that separate us from Him. Burnt offerings and sacrificial blood of animals offered by the high priest needs no more. We will no longer have to depend on high priest to perform the offering for atoning our sins.
But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:12)
For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14)
Because of our Savior Jesus’ death on the cross, man was no longer separated to God. The veil that rent in twain gives us direct access into the very presence of our God.
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His flesh. (Hebrews 10:17-20)
All glory and thanksgiving with high praises to our Lord Jesus Christ alone, He being became a high priest who stood in our place to suffer for the wage of our sins.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once into the holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12)
We are no longer a slave to sin. God made a way when the veil in the temple was torn so we can boldly come to Him by a new and living way which God hath consecrated for us. We become His new creation, where old things are passed away, and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). With this, we should walk in the newness of life and grateful for the blood that has been sacrificed on the cross for the remission of our sins. So, “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22) which is the blood of Christ.
Today, God wants us to be reminded of the thing that could separate us from Him, which is sin that has been greatly paid by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. The veil that separates God’s presence and man was rent in twain, which made a way for us to have a direct access to His Holy Presence. And that He had forgiven us of our sins, freely opened up the gateway for us to come to Him (Hebrews 8:12).
We are no longer in need of a high priest to perform the offering of burnt sacrifices for the atonement of our sins. We may still sin, but we are no longer slaves to it. Don’t let our lives be once again prisoner to it.
Abstain from work of evil, put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing for one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful, As what it says in Colossians 3:12-15.
Remember, nothing hinders us to be with our God, life may be full of difficulties and obstacles, but never lose hope. Nothing will separate us from Him now, for our Lord Jesus torn the veil and opened the way for us. What we need to do is to choose the path that He opened for us, follow and serve Him with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our soul. For our Lord Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth and the One that gives life (John 14:6).
Therefore, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)
And be not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth (Romans 1:16). Hold to the truth that only Jesus Christ is the only God and the only Savior, for only these truth can set us free (John 8:32).
Praise and thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ, all the glory belongs to Him alone and alone, now and forever. Amen!