No More Veil (Luke 23:44-45)
“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.” (NKJV)
In Bible days, the temple in Jerusalem was the center of spiritual life. The book of Hebrews (Chapter 9) explains that the veil separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple. This was the inner sanctum dedicated to the physical presence of God, where only the high priest went in once a year to make atonement for the sins of the people with the blood of sacrificial animals. The veil symbolized the separation between Holy God and unholy man, and the sins which kept them apart from Him (Isaiah 59:2).
It is believed that the veil was about 60 foot high and (according to Josephus the historian) 4 inches thick,fashioned out of blue, purple and scarlet material and finely twisted linen, so strong that even horses tied to each side could not have pulled the veil apart! However, when Jesus hung on that cross carrying the sins of humanity on His sinless person, in that eternal moment between life and death, the veil was torn from top to bottom! It was the declaration of a new era made possible by the shed blood of Jesus. No more would there be a separation between God and man. No more would the high priest have to enter the inner sanctum with the blood of a lamb because our eternal High Priest went in with His eternal blood, forever sufficient for all humanity and for all time, hallelujah! There is nothing to keep us out of the Holy Place any more. We can freely enter the presence of God today through the precious blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19 & 20), the new and living Way.
Friend, there are three things I feel the Holy Spirit wants to say today.
Firstly, if you find it difficult to draw near to God, it would be good to look at what stands between you and Him. There are many precious people who have been completely forgiven by the power of the Blood but they continue to live in condemnation because they believe the lies of the enemy and feel they are unworthy to draw near. There are also many who love God but they have not stepped out of a lifestyle which keeps them from close communion with Him (Isaiah 59:2). Abba God calls you into His presence today. There is forgiveness and cleansing in the precious blood of Jesus. All you have to do is ask. I break the spirit of condemnation off your mind and heart and release the power of the Blood of Jesus upon you now in Jesus’ name. Let every lie be broken off you, and the light of Jesus shine deep into you in Jesus’ name, Amen. The veil has been torn in two and there is nothing that can keep you from worshiping Him and drawing near to Him if you really want to!
Secondly, there are many true believers who still think that the inner sanctum is only for the high priest! Hebrew 10:22 says “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” We are all meant to draw near to God. He wants us in His presence and close to His heart. He says to us “Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you. I long to fellowship with you. I long to reveal My heart to you. Come close to Me and let Me fill you with my love and my glory. Let Me shape your heart and make you more like Me. Move out every hindrance and just come nearer Child to Me.” This is a call from the heart of God!
Finally, there are many precious people reading this message who are going through difficult times right now. The sixth and ninth hour mentioned in this Scripture were 12 pm and 3pm (according to the Jewish clock), when the sun should have been at its brightest, but we are told that it was very dark, and this was the darkness of death and sin. It was darkest just before the veil was rent in two. Maybe you have been feeling like things are very bleak and that you cannot cope with any more, but know dear friend that it is often darkest just before the dawn. There is a breakthrough coming which will amaze and astound you because God is moving on your behalf. You may be battling an infirmity, an emotionally painful situation, or some financial challenges and things may even look like they are getting worse. Right now you may be feeling like you cannot see the way ahead, but the light is breaking through and you will soon know what to do. You will begin to see the healing you have been praying for, or the revelation you need to act upon. You will see the restoration in the family, which you are believing for because God is turning everything around. He is taking away the veil that blocked your breakthrough, hallelujah!
Know today that the Eternal and Almighty God of the Universe values and cherishes you, and is calling you closer into His glorious love. He wants to move every barrier aside so that you can step into the depths of His love. Let nothing hold you back dear friend because God has so much more for you. Your life will never be the same again because the veil has been torn in two!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 07 April 2014
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