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.”
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
We have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father! Though we, at one time, were without hope and and without Him (Ephesians 2:12), because of His great love for us, He made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5). All of those who have received and believed in Jesus have been given the right to become God’s children (John 1:14)! We are invited to engage in a personal relationship with Him, free from fear on account of our wrongdoings, for the price for them has already been paid in full.
It is our privilege to share the good news of God’s amazing grace with others. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We are to spread the word not that He is mad at us, ready and waiting to judge, but that at the cross, our sins were already judged, and that because of what Christ has done for us, we can be reconciled to God. This is the news that the world needs to hear – that God is no longer holding our sins against us, and that He offers free forgiveness for us to receive.
Through Moses the law was given, but through Christ came grace and truth (John 1:17). We are Christ’s ambassadors – His representatives in this world, to share the good news of His grace. Imagine if this was the message we shared – that our God is good and forgiving, possessing an abundance of love for all who call to Him (Psalm 86:5). What do you think would happen? Let’s ask God reveal the good news of the gospel to us in a fresh way, and share it with others!