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The Curtain Has Been Torn

by David Steele

23 February 2013

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“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
Mark 15:38, NIV

I was recently dropped off by a friend at the train station and as I walked across to buy my ticket I had this sudden realisation that I was all alone – just me and God. I felt the Lord was grabbing my attention to simply remind me that nothing else in my life matters as much as where I stand with Him.

Over the last two years I have become a husband, a father and have taken on various other responsibilities that leave me with much less ‘alone time’. Almost all of the activities that I am involved in day-to-day, concern my relationships with other human beings. As I have been pondering on this recently I was reminded of today’s scripture.

I find it incredible to think that the spiritual transaction that took place on the cross was so powerful that the thick, 60ft (approx) long curtain that was hanging between the outer room and the inner room was physically torn in two at that moment! By this, God made a powerful declaration that we are now free to enter His presence. Before that only the high priest could enter the inner room once a year, and even he couldn’t come just as he was (for more on this see Hebrews 9:1-8).

For those of us who have brought our sin to Jesus, there is nothing that can stop us having intimacy with God. The fact that the curtain has been torn in two signifies that sin can no longer keep you from His presence. You can come just as you are, right now. In the apostle Paul’s words: ‘Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence’– Hebrews 4:16

As we come into His presence we discover the fullness of life that we were originally created to have. Can I encourage you, right in this moment, to spend some time with Him – make space and allow Him to pour out His love on you, speak personally to you and breathe His life into you?

Prayer: Father, I thank You that the curtain of the temple was torn in two when Your Son Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross. I thank You that because of His sacrifice, I can freely enter Your presence. I pray that You would help me to remember that I can enter Your presence just as I am, at any time of the day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

David Steele is a young man who is passionate about teaching the Word of God and declaring a gospel that is full of power to change people’s lives. After serving for 7 and a half years at Ellel Pierrepont, David, his wife Hannah and their two daughters moved to Hungary in 2016 and are working with Ellel 'Central and Eastern Europe Development' (CEED) where they are teaching, ministering and training ministry teams across that region.

 

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