In the history of the temple of the Israelites, the inner court of the temple was called the Holy of Holies, the place where God, the King of Kings dwelt.
It was so holy that no one could stand in the inner court, lest he die.
Once a year, the high priest went into the inner court to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
A rope was tied about his ankle so that he could be pulled out of the inner court, if he died in the holy place.
It was separated from the rest of the temple by a great curtain, very high and very thick.
We are told in scripture that the day that Jesus died on the cross, this mighty curtain ripped from top to bottom.
It was too high and too thick for a man to rip it.
Our Christian tradition maintains that it was ripped by God, symbolizing that we could now come boldly to the throne of grace, because of the Sacrifice that had been made on our behalf.
We can now rejoice in our easy access to God. And we should go boldly to Him, unafraid, confident in the love of the Father.
But let’s not take this great gift lightly.
Let’s not forget the great cost paid so that we can boldly approach Him.
It is only when we stand covered by the shed blood of Christ that we can stand at all before such a holy God.
God has not changed. He is as holy as He ever was. What has changed is our covering. What has changed is our “access pass” bought with such a great price. Praise Jesus today for His gift of grace.