April 10, 2020
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27:50-54)
“What was the significance of the veil being torn and why was it torn from the top down?
The veil was a long, woven curtain that was purple, scarlet and blue. This curtain or veil was for the purpose of separating the Most Holy Place which held the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat. Sitting on top of the Ark was a gold lid. This was the place for the propitiation of sins by the sprinkling of the innocent sacrifice’s blood. Only the High Priest could enter this Most Holy Place and only then, once a year on the Day of Atonement. Propitiation simply means the appeasing of the wrath of God for the sins of mankind. “
What was the temple veil? What is the meaning of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died?
“Jesus Himself now serves as our high priest. There is no longer a need for a Jewish high priest to stand before the Lord and make atonement for our sins. Jesus has provided for our atonement through His death on the cross….
“”In addition, the tearing of the veil also helped to mark THE BEGINNING OF A NEW COVENANT. Hebrews 8:13 states, ‘In speaking of a new covenant, HE MAKES THE FIRST ONE OBSOLETE. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.'”
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.'”