Matthew 27:32-66

The Holy Place in the temple was separated into two parts by the temple curtain. No one was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place behind the curtain except the high priest, once a year, on the Day of Atonement. On the Day of Atonement he brought blood from the sacrifice to provide atonement for the sins of the people:

Leviticus 16:32-34 “The priest who is anointed and ordained to act as high priest in place of his father is to make atonement. He is to put on the linen garments, the holy garments, and he is to purify the Most Holy Place, he is to purify the Meeting Tent and the altar, and he is to make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. This is to be a perpetual statute for you to make atonement for the Israelites for all their sins once a year.”

The fact that the temple curtain was torn in two signifies that Jesus Christ is the final sacrifice and it is only through Him that we can have a relationship with God. Truly Jesus is God’s love letter to us. How appropriate to read about the crucifixion on Valentine’s Day!

Hebrews 9:11-12 “But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and he entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:24-28 “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands—the representation of the true sanctuary—but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us. And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”

For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt6l-6oVDjY

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