Thick and durable, the curtain stood guard. Threads of red, purple, and blue chased each other as they wove an angelic pattern that hinted at the cherubim on the ark of the covenant behind it. As wide as a first down and twice as long, the curtain separated sacred from sinful. Ethereal from earthly. Holiness from humanity.
Until it ripped.
From top to bottom.
And God said, “Come.”
The book of Hebrews reminds us—we have access.
People pay big bucks for VIP access. Yet for believers, it’s no marketing ploy. It’s part of a package deal full of perks overflowing from the gracious gift of salvation—only it didn’t cost a thing. Jesus paid it all and issued special invitations. For you and for me.
- “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
- “ . . . a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God . . . because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”(Hebrews 7:18-19, 24-25)
- “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 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. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23)
So, come on. Come closer. Draw near. You have instant, unlimited access.
Workout of the Week: Instant Access
Memory Verse: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
Meditation Passage: Matthew 27:45-54
Just Do It: Draw near.