The Torn Curtain

Text: Matthew 27:51

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51).

Through the blood of Jesus I have instant access to the throne of God. That means I can come anytime, anywhere, as often as I like, for any reason at all. My Heavenly Father will not turn me away. It’s wonderful to have that kind of access.

Now here’s the amazing part. We have an All-Access Pass to the throne room of the universe.

We have rights greater than those the world counts as Very Important People. They may get insider tips and tickets to the best Broadway shows, but we have an All-Access Pass to the throne room of the universe.

Hebrews 10 – Not only is there a barrier removed and a road opened, the tearing of the curtain means that our hope of eternal life has been confirmed by God himself.

Hebrews 6 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:19, 20).

In order to hold the ship in place, the anchor must be firmly lodged on the ocean floor. If the anchor rests in sand, it will not hold the ship in place. Hebrews 6 says that our anchor is firm because it is lodged behind the curtain in the very presence of God.

An anchor that holds only in fair weather would not be of much use.

We have an anchor that cannot be moved, the Lord Jesus who as our high priest opened the way into the presence of God. Because he cannot be moved, we cannot be moved.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

The second verse uses words borrowed from Hebrews 6:

When darkness seems to hide his face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

And the chorus declares the glorious truth in words both simple and profound:

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

This is good news for all who struggle with a sense of their own weakness and failure. Many Christians feel like the man in Mark 9:24 who exclaimed “I believe. Help my unbelief.” Down deep inside we do believe, we know that Jesus is our Lord, and we do love him, imperfect though our love may be. But when we look in the mirror, our sins rise up to condemn us, and we remember with shame the broken promises, the harsh words, the unkind deeds, and how we have failed those who trusted in us.

If we meditate on those things, we will soon begin to doubt that we are Christians at all.

If our faith ultimately depends on Jesus Christ, then we have a hope that even our shame cannot erase. If Christ is the anchor of our soul, then we can rest well because our anchor can hold against any storm, even the storms of a guilty conscience.

We have a hope even our shame cannot erase. The law that condemned us has come to an end, having been put to death in the death of Christ. When Jesus died, the old law died with him.

So there is therefore now no condemnation to those who believe in Jesus. So the road to heaven is open to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
So we know that we have eternal life.

It is possible that you feel such a great weight of sin that you wonder if Jesus would receive you. Perhaps you think your sins are too great, your transgressions so many that even Jesus cannot help you. Many people feel that way, and in truth we would all feel that way if we got a clear view of how rotten we really are. But there is a message for you from the torn curtain in the temple.

God has opened the door of heaven.
Fear not. Do not let your sins keep you away. God has opened the door to heaven.

The true meaning of the torn curtain in this one sentence: – Come to Jesus and see how great his mercy is.

“Our sins may be many and great, but the payment made by our Great Substitute far outweighs them all.”

The cross reveals the great heart of God and that heart is filled with love. When Jesus died, the Father preached a sermon without words when he tore the curtain in two from the top to the bottom. It was God’s way of saying, “You are welcome in my family. Let nothing keep you away.”

We may be great sinners, but Jesus is a greater Savior. Fear not and trust in him.

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