READING Matthew 27:27-56
In the temple, there was a special room called the Holy of Holies. This room was guarded by an extremely heavy veil, and could only be entered once a year – and only then by the High Priest, after he had undergone extensive purification rituals. Inside the Holy of Holies, God’s presence was said to dwell. The veil was a permanent reminder of the separation between humanity and God. The moment Jesus breathed His last breath, the veil was torn in two – completely rent from top to bottom. Jesus’ sacrifice bridged the gap between God and humanity that had been opened the moment Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie. This was the moment God had been planning since His perfect communion with His creation had been destroyed – and it’s the moment that gives us complete, free, and unabashed access to the Creator of the universe and the God who loves us more than we can fathom.
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.