“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”

While going through the Stations of the Cross with my church this morning I was reminded of one of my favorite passages of scripture- Mark 15:38 “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (also found in Matthew 27:51 and Luke 23:45).  The curtain that separated us from God’s presence was torn.  Jesus removed the barrier between us and God.  God’s presence was no longer shut away in a room that could only be entered by one special person once a year.  (Read more about this in Hebrews 9 and 10)

Hebrews 10:19-25
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

For me this is the joy of Easter.  We can approach God with confidence and a sincere heart. Our sins are forgiven.