“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives…..” (Psalms 15: 1-2)
“Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” (Mark 15: 37-38)
Take a moment to realise what this first verse is talking about. It is not talking about meeting with just anyone or any random person. You are entering the presence of the Lord. The God who made the heavens and the earth. Who gives life and takes it away. Whose very presence gives light so great that night and day are not needed where He reigns. “No longer will you need the sun and the moon to give you light, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light.” To Moses he said, “but you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live”.
In the Old Testament, the temple was God’s dwelling place among the people of Israel. The temple was separated into the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Only the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place and only once a year. Because of the regulations and law, the Most Holy place was not open to people. This shows us that no one was able to enter into His presence, unless as David understood, they lead blameless lives. In other words, unless they were without sin.
It is clear to us that, there is no one on earth without sin. We cannot enter God’s presence by ourselves. God knew this, and the inner curtain of the temple cut us off from truly knowing God. Only one who was blameless, without fault and perfect could enter into His presence. Jesus Christ provides the bridge between this gap, the void that separates us. He tears the curtain that separates us from God’s sanctuary, from His presence.
How is this possible? Only He fulfilled all the requirements. Jesus Christ was and is perfect, completely sinless and without fault. He provided the way to enter God’s presence for all people. However, He is the only bridge to the other side. An endless divide separates us, which none can cross. The gap is too wide and too deep. There is one bridge, one crossing that allows us to enter into His sanctuary. That is Jesus Christ and only Him.
Do you want to know more about Him? Why would we need to cross this bridge? Being separated from God means all the difference between life and death. What Jesus offers is Life. A full and complete life, an everlasting life. Some know what this means, others do not. Many don’t fully understand this though. Only with Christ in everything. In our everyday lives, our decisions, our families, our work, all must be Him to be blameless. We may have fellowship with the Father only through Him.
My prayer is that we will be open to God’s word. May Christ live and dwell in us, opening the door to constant life, to God’s glorious presence.