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Hebrews 9:1-10 – NT

07.05.2011

Matthew 27:51

A commonly noted element of the Crucifixion is that at the moment Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn in two.  This happened spontaneously, in that there was no person directly responsible for tearing the curtain.  It also happened some distance away from the hill on which Jesus was crucified, so there is no direct, physical link between the two events. 

Why is this significant?  The curtain was the divider between the outer sanctuary of the temple where the priests went about their regular, priestly business and the inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt and where only the High Priest was allowed to enter once a year and with sufficient ceremonial purification in order to intercede with God on behalf of the people.  Jesus’ death removed this intercessory barrier between us and God, between our sinful state and forgiveness/redemption.  Jesus is both in our hearts and at God’s side, and there is no need for a ceremony of intercession.  If the Old Testament is the story of a God making Himself known to His people, the New Testament is the next degree of intimacy where He removes the barriers that stand in the way of our communion with Him.

Also, this may not be accurate, but I wonder if there’s a connection between the broken rocks Matt mentions and the breaking of the Rock on the cross for our sakes.  Another symbolic point of convergence between the spiritual and physical realms?  Perhaps…

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