Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Veil

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.

Today’s reading (Mark 15) paints a gruesome picture of what happened to Christ as he fulfilled his earthly mission. What a noble task he undertook so that you and I, people full of sin, full of filth, could have the privilege of spending eternity in the very prescience of God.

Towards the end of the reading we read this account of what happened when Jesus died:
“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”. We also know from another gospel that a mighty earthquake rocked the ground.

I love the image of the veil tearing. The veil in the temple was what separated the Holy of Holies from the outer courts. The Holy of Holies would have originally housed the Ark of the Covenant, and would be a place that one priest would enter once a year to offer sacrifices of atonement. This was the place that God resided within the nation of Israel. But now the veil has been torn, God has departed the temple, no longer is he residing in an earthly structure. For a while God was looking for a new home.

It is not until fifty some days later that God finds his new home. In Acts 2 we learn about the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. It is then God finds his new home, his new temple. He is now living inside of all believers. What an amazing God we serve. The veil is torn, and God has found a new home, inside you and me, walking with us wherever we go.

I love the words of David Crowder in his song “The Veil:”

"This is a love
Deep in the soul
O when you love
O when you love
The veil is torn
Mystery pours
Down from above
Down from above

And yet we are under benediction
So there is grace

Hallelujah, we rejoice
What a Savior
What a King
Hallelujah, lift your voice
To our Savior
To our King"

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