We all have full access to God

DUSTY TAKLE ::: 

When I told a friend recently that I had missed seeing her at church, her response was, “Oh, you don’t want to be around my yuck right now.”

We all have stuff.  We all have issues we need to work through.  Sometimes, you may feel like my friend, stuck in a “yuck” place, and think you have too much to work through to step inside a church.  Or call out to your Creator.  You might feel that your stuff makes you not worthy enough to approach Him or sit at His feet.

I was able to share with my friend the significance of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died on the cross.

The holy temple in Jerusalem had been the center for religious sacrifice and worship.  There was a veil in the temple that separated the Holy of Holies – where God was present – from the rest of the temple where people could enter.  It signified that sin separated God from us.  Only the high priest was allowed to enter through the veil once a year to enter into God’s presence.

But the cross changed all of that.  Scriptures explain that the temple veil was torn.  No longer would God be “put in a box” and subjected to dwell in some temple built by men. He would dwell inside the beings of all people.

The tearing of the veil meant we ALL have access into the Holy of Holies.  Entering His presence is open to ALL people for ALL time.  No matter how much “yuck” we feel is inside of us.  No matter what good we have done or haven’t done.  No matter whom we feel we are and what we are facing.  We have full access to Him.

I love what Charles Spurgeon writes about this great event:  “It is not a slight rent through which we may see a little; but it is rent from the top to the bottom.  There is an entrance made for the greatest sinners.  If there had only been a small hole cut through it, the lesser offenders might have crept through; but what an act of abounding mercy is this, that the veil is rent in the midst, and rent from top to bottom, so that the chief of sinners may find ample passage!”

An act of abounding mercy.  Just as He has shown mercy, may we all show that same kind of mercy.  Not putting restrictions or expectations on people.  Not judging others for what they do or don’t do.  But, just as God, Himself, tore a veil from top to bottom, never to be hung again, may we tear our own veils that separate us from others.  May we tear our judgments.  Our opinions.  Our rules.  And, instead, love and embrace everyone.  Because, the same God, the same power, dwells inside us all.  And, we all have full access to this merciful, loving, creator of all things.

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38 Ω

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