Jesus’ Sacrifice

 

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:50-51a

 

Read: Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-41, Luke 23:26-43, John 19

 

Having access to someone or something important can get you places! It’s one thing to go to a concert, but it’s a whole other thing to get to go backstage and meet the performers. Or think about the difference between watching a baseball game from the nosebleed section and sitting in the dugout with the players. Access makes a difference!

 

Something incredibly miraculous happened during Jesus’ crucifixion that illustrates the access we now have to God as believers. The curtain of the temple was torn in two at the moment of Jesus’ death. This was the curtain that separated the part of the temple where God’s presence rested from the rest of the temple. Previously, the only person that was ever allowed to go beyond the curtain was the High Priest, and he could only go there once a year!

 

Jesus’ death not only brought us forgiveness and new life, it also gives us access to go directly to God our Father with no barrier, no middleman, no curtain. Our days of being separated from God our over! We can bring our joys, sorrows, and needs directly to Him. We can rest in His presence. He is as close to us as the air we breathe.

 

When Jesus cried out “It is finished” it was really just beginning! This moment was the beginning of our eternity. Because Jesus died and rose again, He is alive and nothing can ever separate us from His presence!

 

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

 

Questions to think about:

 

  1. How would it feel to have to go through someone else to get to God? Take a few minutes to thank God for the fact that you have direct access to His presence.
  2. Imagine a life without Christ. What is different in your life because Jesus died and rose again?
  3. The story might have ended if Jesus’ disciples hadn’t shared Jesus’ story with everyone they met. Who in your life needs to hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  4. Ask God to show you someone specific in your ministry who you can encourage this week with this good news.