It’s not known why darkness fell from noon to three o’clock, but it is clear that God caused it.
Nature testified to the gravity of Jesus’ death. That day, the earth shifted on all levels.
When Jesus gave up His spirit, the curtain in the Temple
was torn in two, from top to bottom.
The earth shook, rocks split apart and tombs opened.
The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake
and all that had happened.
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”
The death that Jesus experienced is a death we never have to endure. Not only was His
death a physical death, of His human flesh and blood, it was a spiritual death, a temporary
separation from God due to taking on the sins of the world. Alienation from God was the
ultimate torture. This is something we’ll never know because Jesus did this for us.
A heavy curtain hung in front of the Temple room called the
Holy of Holies, a place reserved by God for Himself. The room was entered only once a year,
on the Day of Atonement, by the high priest as he made a blood sacrifice to gain forgiveness
for the sins of the nation.
This curtain was torn in two as Jesus took His last breath…
I wonder if the religious leaders were petrified and concerned as to what, or who, tore the curtain in the Temple.
Reference: Matthew 27:51-54
Blood spilled from Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. The curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn in two symbolizing that the barrier between God and humanity has been removed. This opened up the way for us to be in relationship with our God.
So, Christ has now become our High Priest over all the good things that have come.
He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world.
Once and for all time He took blood into the Holy of Holies, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took His own blood,
and with it He secured our salvation forever.
Jesus is our High Priest.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Read Hebrews 9 below for a complete explanation about the old rules of worship and the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus. It’s quite fascinating. Thank you Lord, for making a way!
Reference: Hebrew 9:11-12, John 14:6
The Holy of Holies
Hebrews 9 (NLT)
Old Rules about Worship
1 That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship and a place of worship here on earth. 2 There were two rooms in that Tabernacle. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place. 3 Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Holy of Holies. 4 In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the Ark were the cherubim of divine glory, whose wings stretched out over the Ark’s cover, the place of atonement.
6 When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room as they performed their religious duties. 7 But only the high priest ever entered the Holy of Holies, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Holy of Holies was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them. 10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.
Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With His own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the Holy of Holies once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why He is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
16 Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that
the person who made it is dead. 17 The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.
18 That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. 19 For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. 20 Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.” 21 And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. 22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
Note: The Tabernacle was a movable tent, a place of worship for the wandering Israelites. The first Temple was built in Jerusalem under King Solomon in the 10th century to be a permanent place of worship.