By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 11, 2017
From Series: Easter
Luke 23:44-46, “ It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”
Can you imagine seeing a battered and beaten Jesus on His way to die the most dishonorable death? And can you imagine watching as nails were driven into His hands and feet? And can you imagine the feeling of uncertainty and fear as you heard Jesus cry out before drawing His last breath under a darkened sky? In this same remarkable moment the curtain at the temple was torn in two unveiling what separated the Holy of Holies and the Most Holy Place. This area was so sacred, that only the high priest was allowed to enter once a year to sacrifice for the atonement of sin. Most notably, though, the curtain ripped from top to bottom, which was only possible by the hand of God.
As we approach Easter, we tend to have a heightened sense of gratitude for Jesus’ sacrifice. But we often fail to remember that not only is this a time to celebrate our hope of heaven, it’s a time to recognize that we have an all-access pass to the Most Holy Place—the throne room of God. Every time we pray, every second we seek God, we are standing before His throne. So, as we move through Holy Week, let us not only be mindful of God’s gift of unmerited grace, but also to pause and simply bask in the presence of our God who loves unconditionally and calls us His own.
Pray for every chair to be filled this Easter weekend and for countless lives to be forever changed.
Read the full account of Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and burial in Luke 23:26-56.
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