The Torn Veil
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Matthew 27:50-53
In the OT era, God dwelt in the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest is allowed to enter into the Most Holy Place once a year. On the Day of Atonement, he carries the blood of the sacrificial goat on whose head his hands were laid to blot out the iniquities of the Israelites.
Through the revelation of the Tabernacle system, the people of the OT also believed in Jesus to come as the Messiah and therefore they were also remitted of all their sins and became God’s children. In the NT, all God’s Righteousness of the remission of sins was fulfilled once for all when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River and died on the cross. The fact that the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross teaches us the truth that now in the NT age, those who have been cleansed from sins by believing in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness can enter into God’s Presence and heaven.
When was the veil of the Temple torn? It was torn when Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross. Why should Jesus shed His blood on the cross to die? It is because, Jesus, Who came in the flesh of a man, had taken upon all the iniquities of sinners by being baptized by John. The veil that was torn signifies several important truths that as a believer we need to know and understand.
1.The torn veil signifies that Jesus’ death on the cross has removed sin that separated man from God.
The wall of sin had fallen down once and for all. In other words, through the baptism that Jesus received and His death on the cross has made sin disappear once and for all. This wall was so impenetrable that all the religions, philosophies, idealism, good works and ingenuity of man can’t pull it down.
2. The torn veil signifies that through the baptism and death of Jesus Christ, God have opened the way to Heaven.
The righteous work of Christ has blotted all the sins of humanity so that anyone can now enter Heaven by believing in the baptism and death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus’ sacrificial death has qualified true believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to enter Heaven by faith.
3. The torn veil signifies that the perfect work of salvation by Jesus is fulfilled.
Heb 10:19-22 states that all the sins of our hearts and bodies were blotted out through the baptism (pure water) and its blood and therefore we can be cleansed by our full assurance of faith in this perfect salvation. For us to attain eternal life, God does not demand any effort, act, will, compensation or goodness from us. There is only one thing that is absolutely necessary, our faith in the baptism and death of Jesus that constitutes the Righteousness of God.
4. The torn veil signifies that Satan is defeated forever in Christ.
Jesus’ death has paid the wages of sin. As such, sin has no power over us. Satan is disarmed and made ineffective by the finished work of Christ. We must believe that it was Jesus Who had taken upon all the iniquities of sinners in the Jordan river on our behalf and died on the cross. The devil has no power over the lives of those who have faith in God’s Righteousness. The devil suffered a crushing defeat before Jesus when the veil tore from top to bottom.
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