What Jesus Did! 'Holy of Holies' — Mark 15:37-38

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Then Jesus cried with a loud voice and died. When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom.
— Mark 15:37-38 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:37-38 NLT — Then Jesus cried with a loud voice and died. When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom.

Key Thought

The meaning of this event and its symbolism are powerful. The curtain in today's scripture was the one between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place in the Jewish temple. For the Jews, the Mercy Seat of God was in the Most Holy Place and only the High Priest could go before the Mery Seat on behalf of the people. The tearing of the curtain from top to bottom symbolized that the Cross of Christ opens up the way for us to go straight to the Mercy Seat of God—the place of ultimate forgiveness in the very presence of God. Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins that completely cleanses us and makes us right with God. Barriers no longer stand between us and God's grace and mercy. Jesus opened up for us the way to the very heart of God. As horrible as the humiliation of the Cross was for Jesus, it was even more glorious for us because it ushered in a new way (called the New Covenant) for God to deal with his people. (Please read today's associated Scriptures for more information.) What Satan, through evil men, had intended for harm, God used to bring great good. Jesus becomes our Savior and his sacrifice becomes the basis of our salvation.

Today's Prayer

Loving and sacrificial God, thank you for this gift too wonderful for words to describe and for paying the price that was too costly for us to pay. In Jesus' name I offer you my prayer and my life. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 10:1-4, 11-12, 19-22
  • Hebrews 8:6-13
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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