Week 7 Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Mark 11-16. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, some of His encounters with the Pharisees, words He spoke to his disciples regarding the end times, the last supper, and His death and resurrection.
Upon Jesus breathing His last, the curtain in the temple split in two (Mark 15:38). In the Old Testament, the temple curtain separated the Holy of Holies – the innermost room, where God’s tangible presence dwelt – from the rest of the temple. Only the high priest was allowed to enter Holy of Holies, and that only once a year, with blood to offer for his sins, and for the sins of the people. The temple curtain separated sinful man from the presence of a holy God.
Because of what Christ has done for us, however, we have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). We have been made perfect forever by His sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14). Jesus’ death at the cross paid the price for our wrongdoings in full. When He died, the temple veil, which had separated mankind from the presence of God for so many years, was torn in two. Every barrier that stood between us and Him was done away with in Christ. Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Our part is simply to receive the salvation offered to us like the free gift that God intended it.
Know that today, because of what Christ has done for you, there is no longer a wall of separation between you and God. The veil has been torn! Approach His throne of grace with the boldness and confidence (Hebrews 4:16) that comes from knowing that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39)!
“At the cross I bow my knee, where your blood was shed for me, there’s no greater love than this. You have overcome the grave, glory fills the highest place, what can separate me now . . . You tore the veil, you made a way, when you said that it is done.”
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