On: August 27, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:44-45
There might be an argument that the darkness over the land, as Jesus approached His death, was the result of a “normal” eclipse of the sun which, whilst infrequent, was not miraculous. The timing though, surely, was a direct act of God.
Similarly, the tearing of the temple curtain, from top to bottom, was a piece of pure theatre, as God revealed that He was about to rip up the old and very restricted means of entering His presence.
The ritual of the priesthood, established centuries before, was to be set aside and direct access would be available for all who respond to the drama taking place on the hillside just a few hundred yards away. When the darkness lifted, a new chapter of history would be unveiled.
How extraordinary to be beamed back to that awesome day, to witness all these things as they happened, aware, as we are now, of their full significance. Yet, as Luke explained in the introduction to his gospel, he recorded all this in detail, that we might be confident of their certainty.
Grasp this, if you are unsure: you and I can enter the very presence of God, if we will come to Him through prayer in Jesus’ name. Let no darkness linger that would hide this fact.
Father God to be able to come into Your presence, unhindered and unrestricted: what a privilege. Thank you. Amen