Out of Agape – What we do not deserve

Jesus cries out one last time, and then dies on the cross.

At that moment the immense, heavy veil in the temple is torn apart, ripped from top to bottom. 

The veil set apart a place in the temple known as the Holy of Holies, a place where only the chosen high priest could enter into the presence of God. Something like 60 feet high and 4 inches thick, it represented the barrier between sinful man and the holy God.  

Christ’s blood gives us what we do not deserve.

We deserve to be banished forever from the presence of the Most Holy God.

Yet He loved us so much that He died to tear apart the barrier between us. And now we can walk into the presence of God. I don’t deserve to enter there, but His love opens the way and invites me in.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.

He tore apart that veil because He loved us. So, as the writer of Hebrews goes on to say, let us enter in, completely trusting Him and His love.

he does not treat us as our sins deserve
       or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
       so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT); Psalm 103:10-12 (NIV)

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