Paul Wright: We read in the book of Exodus that the Temple had a veil, was to have a veil, a cloth, curtain, separating the most holy place — the Holy of Holies from the rest of the holy place. There are sections within the temple building itself that are more holy than others, where access is more restricted than other places, and the most Holy Place where only the high priest can go once a year is separated by the rest by this curtain, I would imagine it would be fairly substantial in order to give the sanctity and aura of holiness behind it. Michael Rydelnik: In the temple, the Priests would offer sacrifices in the Holy Place, but once a year he would bring a sacrifice beyond a thick veil, a curtain, and that would go into the Holy of Holies, and there he would offer the Yom Kipper, the day of atonement sacrifice. And that sacrifice which is almost, in my opinon, when we get a credit card it’s like paying the minimum, and not really dealing with the debt. But paying the minimum and paying the minimum.
And when the Messiah came and when He died His sacrifice, tough outside the gate of the city actually is the final sacrifice for sin, it is the one that for all these interim Yom Kipper sacrifices were leading up to. They were pointing to that one that was coming, and now this one, not the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of God’s son, the Messiah Himself, as He dies that veil that thick veil is torn in half to say that no other sacrifice is needs be offered here, the final payment has come, it’s been taken care of.
And so the tearing of the veil indicates the permanence the final sacrifice of the Messiah Jesus. Joe Stowell: In the Old Testament, God chose to dwell among His people in the Temple. And if a holy God is going to dwell amongst unholy people, there has to be some way to protect His holiness from the un-holiness of Israel.
So He had this elaborate scheme of who could enter His presence behind a veil. No one could go past here, only the most sacred of priests, who had fully cleansed themselves once a year, would go into the Holies of Holies. So in a sense, the people knew He was there, but had no accessibility to Him. Jennifer Rothschild: God, I believe, when He ripped that veil, I can just imagine those almighty hands, voom, ripping that veil. What He did is He said come on in. You’re welcome. You don’t have to stay out there anymore. You can come in and you don’t have to be perfect to come into my holy place because Jesus has made a way for you.
Joni Eareckson Tada: I love the word “access” in the Bible. Maybe it’s cause I’m in a wheelchair, I don’t know. But I…I love when the Bible speaks about God’s love being accessible. And right there you’ve got such a vivid, physical symbol of the access, the doors thrown open wide to the throne of God; Paul Wright: …and when it rips in two, by itself, at the death of Jesus — not only is it saying something theologically about open access to God, but it’s something that had a very dramatic, must have had a very dramatic on everybody who was watching and those who they told, and those whom they told about it.
An event that really overturns, that makes us think again about why it was there and that both destroys and opens new opportunities at the same time. .
More than 2,000 years ago, extraordinary things happened at Calvary that modern science and human reasoning consider impossible. A midday sky turned dark; the veil in the temple suddenly split; an earthquake shook the land; graves opened; Jesus’ graves clothes were found undisturbed; and saints rose to life and walked the streets of Jerusalem.
The Six Miracles of Calvary looks historically and reflectively at these remarkable events surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ. In interviews with leading scholars, the meaning and purpose of each occurrence is examined, highlighting its significance to Christ’s suffering and relevance to the challenges faced by those who follow Him.
This video recaptures the Easter story and increases awe for God, His power, and His unfailing love. View the complete program at: https://dod.org/dod2388.html
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