Why Mention A Curtain In The Temple Tearing? – Mark 15:26-47

From my reading in Mark 15:26-47 in the One Year New Testament.

After being placed on cross, Jesus was finally ready to surrender his life for us.

‘Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:37–38

The moment that Jesus died a curtain separating the “Holy of Holies” in the temple from the rest of the temple was torn from top to bottom. Here’s what that shows us…

Through Christ’s death on the cross we can have direct access to God!

The Day of Atonement

In the Old Testament era the Holy of Holies was only entered one day out of the year on “the day of atonement.” On this day only the high priest was allowed to enter and make a sacrifice. I heard that they even put ropes on his ankles just in case he had unconfessed sin in his life and dropped dead in God’s holy presence! The high priest would enter to make a sacrifice for all the people.

Jesus became our high priest who by making the ultimate sacrifice for our sin on the cross.

“With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” Hebrews 9:12

Because of this sacrifice we can now enter God’s presence unhindered!

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.” Hebrews 10:19

 Through Jesus’ death on the cross we get to experience our greatest joy and privilege in life…

Experiencing God’s presence! 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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