Friday, April 17, 2015

Directly To The Father

Exodus 26:31,33 - “You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy."

The hardest thing for me to explain is that Jesus didn't die that everyone would go to heaven. He died for those who would call upon His name to be saved. That means humbly going directly to the Father and admitting the wretched persons we are and asking for forgiveness of our sins. The message here is directly to the Father.

In the Old Testament the people were separated from the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelt. Only one man, the high priest, could access this room. The responsibility of high priest was one of great importance.  They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the Lord’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. (Leviticus 21:6) 

Quite a responsibility. But he alone went directly to God. Like Moses went directly to God when the Ten Commandments were all of Israel could have done except for their fear of God.

This role was exactly what Jesus would be. The Great High Priest. The One who would be the instrument that would allow this access to the Father at His death. Through Him. Once through Him we would experience that veil being torn between God and us. Hallelujah!

Mark 15:33-34 - Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

Luke 23:44-46 - Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.'" Having said this, He breathed His last. 

Matthew 27:50-51 - And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split...

That precious veil that was so intricately made was torn from top to bottom, indicating God did it. He tore the veil. He opened the way again for anyone who desires to have communion with Him. It's a personal thing. We need only bow our head, our knee, our heart to Him, confess our sins, repent. We don't need to go to anyone but Him to confess our sins. He hears and knows our heart.

I think about the purging I've been doing in our house. Getting rid of stuff because I haven't used it, worn it, looked at it for a very long time. Sometimes it's hard to do. But I keep thinking, it's just stuff. We are asked by God to purge ourselves too. To rid ourselves of the stuff that gets between God and us. Didn't He remove that glorious veil for us? Maybe it is like just stuff to Him. He wants nothing between us. He wants us cleansed by the blood of Jesus that the way is open to Him.

We can have access to God the Father every day, any time. If we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, there is nothing between us anymore. We can have access to God without fear like Israel. We can hear Him speak to us spiritually. He will have compassion on us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 - Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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