Friday, March 21, 2008


"But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. (After Jesus' resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, "This has to be the Son of God!"
Matthew 26:50-54

Today is Good Friday. The day that we remember Jesus' Death. Jesus finishing what was started in the garden.

The reading above is one of the most dear to me on Good Friday. The Jewish temple was divided into three parts, the most sacred being the Holy of Holies, which was divided from the rest of the temple by a curtain. Only one high priest once a year was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies because it was seen as the place in which God lived.

When Jesus dies, the curtain blocking off the Holy of Holies is ripped.

I think that is beautiful. Through the tearing of Jesus' flesh, God is accessible to everyone. Through Jesus' death, we are given that most precious gift.

And it is good.


Lindsey said...

I absolutely love this portion of scripture. It's very powerful and it means so much to me that b/c of Christ's death we are able to freely go into the presence of God. Excellent to dwell on during this time of year.