Daily Dose, April 20 — Holy Week

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46)

In this moment, on this day on Calvary’s hill when God’s own Son breathed His last, when the light of the world had been extinguished there was “darkness over the whole land and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.” As Jesus breathes His last, something extraordinary happens that is easy to miss unless you know something about the temple and its layout. There were different parts of the temple that allowed different people to enter. There was one place, the Holy of Holies that was beyond the curtain and no one but one could enter and only once a year. Inside the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant, covered by the mercy seat. It was where forgiveness of sins would be found. No one could go beyond the curtain except the light priest on the Day of Atonement. The high priest would sprinkle the blood of the sacrificed an animal on the mercy seat and then the people of Israel were cleansed of their sins for the year.

The Author of Hebrews says, “But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:11-12)

The curtain has been torn- Praise Jesus! –Rev. Terri Henkel