From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Mark 15:37-38

And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.                        NKJV

God performed a miracle in the tearing of the veil which was the thickness of a man’s hand and according to Josephus, the Jewish historian so strong that two teams of horses could not have torn it in half.  More than just a physical miracle, it signified a spiritual miracle as well.  The old law of ordinances was torn away and laid aside like a worn-out garment. When Jesus died on Calvary’s cross, the sacrifices were all finished, because all was fulfilled in Him.  The tearing of the veil revealed all the hidden things of the old covenant: the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy-seat could now be seen by all, and the glory of God shown forth above it. By the death of our Lord Jesus we have a clear revelation of God, for He was “not as Moses, who put a veil over his face.” (II Cor. 3:13)  Life and immortality are now brought to light, and things which have been hidden since the foundation of the world are manifest in Him. (II Tim. 1:10) The annual Day of Atonement was thus abolished forever. The atoning blood which was once every year sprinkled within the veil was now offered once for all by Christ, our great High Priest. No blood of bullocks or of lambs is needed now, for Jesus has entered within the veil with his own blood obtaining eternal redemption for us. (Heb. 9:12) Access to God is now permitted, and is the privilege of every believer in Jesus Christ. There is no small space laid open through which we may peek at the mercy-seat, but the tear reaches from the top to the bottom. We may come with boldness to the throne of the heavenly grace. (Heb. 4:6) The opening of the Holy of Holies in this wondrous way by our Lord’s expiring cry brought about the opening of the gates of paradise to all believers by virtue of His redemptive sacrifice.

Our bleeding Lord hath the key of heaven; He openeth and no man shutteth; let us enter in with Him into the heavenly places, and sit with Him there till our common enemies shall be made his footstool.             Charles H. Spurgeon

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