Chapter-a-Day Mark 15

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And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Mark 15:38 (NLT)

For those unfamiliar with the larger story of God’s Message, this obscure reference in the middle of today’s chapter makes little sense. When God gave Moses the blueprints for the Temple back in the book of Exodus, it included an inner room that was blocked off by a huge curtain. It was behind that curtain that God’s presence resided and it was considered so holy that only the high priest could go behind the curtain, and he could only do it once a year to make atonement for the sins of the people. The word picture was obvious and powerful. There was a separation between God and man and no man could stand before God in His holiness.

When Jesus died, that curtain was mysteriously and miraculously torn in two. Once again, the word picture is both obvious and powerful. With the death of Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, the penalty for sin was paid once for all. There was no longer any separation between man and God – not because of anything man did to earn God’s favor, but because of what God did to pay the penalty of humanity’s flaws.

Today, as I look forward to Christmas, I’m thankful for God who sent his Son. A baby, born in the most humble of circumstances, who would eventually give Himself up to a cruel death to make a way for me to enter through the curtain of eternity.

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Mark 15”

  1. I have made it my tradition to watch the Passion of the Christ each Easter weekend. As I read this chapter again today, I am reminded of the character of Jesus’ mother Mary from the movie. Her character has become my favorite to watch over the years because I can’t imagine the enormous pain she endured the day her son was beaten and killed. I know how much I love my kids and can’t fathom to think of them going through the same. That movie made all the characters of a very familiar story even more human to me.

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