again in a loud voice,
At that moment
the curtain of the temple
from top to bottom.
1: to perform an act of tearing or splitting
2: to become torn or split
Numerous dimensions attend the word rend, many of them associated with violence. I could certainly travel that course as it pertains to this subject matter, but instead I'll stick to the leg associated with an equally dynamic theme: where we find ourselves because of that rending.
- The curtain itself was a constant reminder that sin renders humanity unfit for the presence of God.
- It's having been rent signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile.
- We are now invited, and welcome to enter the Holy of Holies through Jesus.
- All now have access to the throne of grace, through the one great atonement and mediator, the Lord Jesus.
- No longer is anyone (mediator/confessor) or anything (works) required for us to stand righteous before the Father. No more atoning sacrifices, and no more personal atoning attempts. It is finished! We've been "made to stand".
.Now it is God who makes both us and you
stand firm in Christ.
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us,
and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit,
guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Wow. No wonder it's called Amazing Grace!
We've all heard it said: We can do nothing to make God love us any more. We can do nothing to make God love us any less. The torn curtain affirms the veracity of such a powerful fact.
I don't know about you, but believing THAT didn't come easy to me. For too many seasons I felt I had to add this or that to my salvation as if some missing ingredient was necessary. I'd grown up with heavy doses of the "shoulds" and the "guilts", so how under God's blue sky I was ever to give up the personal works was beyond me.
Worse, I had the sense that I could not truly know - not here, not now - that I was fully accepted by the Father, or that heaven would be my home. I'd have to wait and see, as they say. Mine was religion, but mine was certainly not a relationship that was firm and secure - one lived behind the curtain - for far too long.
What was wrought in the rent by none other than Jesus Himself is the absolute certainty of the destiny of those that are truly (BIG caveat) saved by Him, and Him alone.
All that the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
For I have come down from heaven
not to do my will but to do the will of him
who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me,
that I shall lose none
of all that he has given me,
but raise them up at the last day.
For my Father's will is that
everyone who looks to the Son and
believes in Him shall have eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day."
It is always a worthy exercise to ask oneself: On which side of the curtain am I living?