Thunder clapped and the earth shook. People scrambled for shelter from the deafening wind. Suffocating darkness filled the sky. God’s plan for reconciling sinners to Himself had come to a climax. The ancient veil was torn in two.
The miracle of that day is overwhelming. Having not been under the weight of the law, many of us do not fully comprehend the significance. Studying Exodus has swept me back to that age when God introduced the law.
Through that tabernacle, God provided a way for the Israelites to commune with Him. Every part of the tabernacle, from the altar to the candlestick, casts a light on what was to come. When providing the Israelites with intricate building instructions, God had a larger plan of redemption in focus. The tabernacle points to Christ, who would open the door to the Holy of Holies. When the veil was rent on that dark and joyous day, we were freed to run into God’s Presence through Jesus, our Mediator. The barrier between us and God was removed.
But we often put our own in place. Tozer explained that
“It is woven of the fine threads of the self-life, the hyphenated sins of the human spirit. They are not something we do, they are something we are, and therein lies both their subtlety and their power.”Tozer, The Pursuit of God
Unlike the Old Testament veil, the threads of our veil are transparent to us. The sins of self can subtly slip into our lives and be overlooked. When I examine my heart, my eyes are opened to those sins. On my own, I cannot tear away the layers of self-sufficiency and self- righteousness. I must lay them down at the cross. Every day, every hour, every minute, I must continually surrender myself and trust God to change my heart.
Let’s fully embrace the power of the cross, rejoicing that we can freely enter God’s Presence, and purposefully lay down our self.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.Hebrews 10:19-22