Daily Devotion


August 18, 2013

“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mt 27:51 NIV

One day a year, on the Day of Atonement (at-one-ment), the high priest could go beyond the thick curtain in the tabernacle and into the “Holy of Holies” where God’s presence was. What qualified him to go there was the fact that the blood of a sacrificial lamb was covering the mercy seat, under which rested the ark of the covenant. You ask, “What was in the ark?” The Ten Commandments—which all of us have broken. God arranged it like that. The only way God could look at the evidence of His people’s guilt was through the blood of the lamb. Now, fast forward to the cross. Jesus “gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Everything changed for the better that day! In spite of your failures, you can now come into God’s presence, knowing your sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, and confidently ask for whatever you need. “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Heb 4:16 NLT). Your acceptance with God is guaranteed when you approach Him saying, “I come in the name of Jesus and on the merits of His shed blood.” It works like a credit system. “You are in Christ,” so you have a perfect credit score! So even when you feel inadequate and undeserving, if you ask in faith believing, God will give it to you “for Christ’s sake” (Eph 4:32).