Tear the Veil

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

Matthew 27:51 says, and behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

The verse above takes at the time of Jesus’ death on the cross for us. Just before that the book of Matthew says that, “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.” What an event that must have been! This heavy curtain that separated the two main rooms of the temple was torn from top to bottom by unseen hands. This curtain separated the Holiest Place, where God dwelt and was only accessible to the high priest one day a year. And that could happen only the priest conducted an elaborate cleansing ceremony.

But something changed on that day. I don’t know for sure, but it probably wasn’t noticed by many people, if any. The death of this troublesome teacher on the cross changed everything. Where only the high priest could have access to God’s holy place before, it was from this day forward, opened to all who would seek Him. Again, I doubt if the crowds knew this. But Hebrews 10:19-20 explains what happened, 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,” Through the death of Jesus Christ, we now have access to God!!

I’d like to quote a section from the Believers’ Commentary regarding Hebrews 11:20 that might explain this better, “This clearly teaches that the veil between the two compartments of the tabernacle was a type of the body of our Lord. In order for us to have access into God’s presence, the veil had to be rent, that is, His body had to be broken in death. This reminds us that we cannot draw near, by Christ’s sinless life, but only by His vicarious death. Only through the mortal wounds of the Lamb can we go in. Every time we enter God’s presence in prayer or worship, let us remember that the privilege was bought for us at tremendous cost.

I don’t think I need to stretch this post out. What a glorious privilege we have as God’s people. When we pray, we are praying to the living God who controls the universe and everything in it! Brothers and sisters, we need to take this to heart. We can reach God anywhere and anytime. We have received more blessings than we realize. This should make us fall on our faces and worship Him. God wants and deserves our worship. I pray we will have high thoughts of God in our lives and walk with Him.

I named this post, “Tear the Veil.” That’s actually a song by a group of Christian young people called Enter the Worship Circle. I thought it was appropriate for this post so I included a link to it below. I hope you will take three minutes and thirty seconds and listen to it. May God bless you and may you seek His face in love and humility.


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