I never thought too much about the significance of the veil until recently. It’s funny how you can read something over & over again, and suddenly you see the connection or meaning of something.
The High Priest were only allowed to go into the Holy of Holies room of the temple once a year on the Day of Atonement. No one else was ever allowed in this room. He would burn sacrifices for the nation’s sin. But after Jesus was sacrificed the veil was torn.
The veil covered the entrance to the Holy of Holies room. the veil separated our evil from God’s Holiness. It was made with special instructions given by God. Many believe that the veil was about 4″ thick and about 60′ high & 30′ wide, and according to Exodus was amazingly beautiful. Exodus 26:30-33 (KJV) And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount. 31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: 32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. 33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
Not only was the veil beautiful but massive. The thickness & height made for a very strong veil, which would make it very hard to destroy. The veil was indestructible until Jesus died on the cross. Matthew 27:50-51 (KJV) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Jesus’ death was the final sacrifice for mankind. Hebrews 9:11-14 (KJV) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Something else of importance happened when the veil was torn in two; it tore from the top to the bottom. The significance of this is that it was torn my God, from Heaven to Earth. Not by man, from Earth to Heaven. It shows that God’s will was fulfilled and we no longer need a High Priest to intervene & make a sacrifice for our sins. The death of Jesus freed us and gave us the ability to approach God ourselves. God made a covenant with man through the blood of Jesus. A covenant is a promise. Hebrews 10:16-21 (KJV) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Can any man enter into this covenant that God made with man? Yes, but only if they accept Jesus as their Savoir. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 (KJV) But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
I hope you found this informative. Let me know what you think below. Have a blessed week.
I thought you might enjoy this poem I wrote!
Jesus humbled himself by taking on the form of man,
He came to teach, serve and die for our SINS!
Many people followed him because of the miracles he did.
But in the time of his need, a farewell they didn’t even bid.
Man whipped him, pulled out his beard and spit in his face.
But still we are saved by his GRACE!
He was tortured in the worst kind of way,
And hung on a cross for us that sacrificial day.
Many didn’t acknowledge him or help him in any way,
He could have called upon angels and not died that day,
But for us, He Did It Anyway!
–Deborah L. Gladwell–
Easter has become another commercialized holiday. Millions celebrate it, but a large percentage do not know the true meaning of this holiday. Some know a little and if asked; what is the meaning of Easter? They would answer oh…Jesus died on Good Friday and rose from the grave on Easter Sunday. It’s a special Sunday that we dress up and go to church. Some might even know that this is a picture of salvation, because he did not stay in the grave but arose from it.
We as Christians often fail to realize that Jesus suffered real pain for us. We read and tell others about Jesus on the cross, but can YOU really imagine the pain. We forget that God loved us so much that he sent his son to DIE for OUR sin. That the only way we can get to heaven is through the shed blood of Jesus. John 3:16-18 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God
Our sins were cast upon Jesus and nailed to the cross. When he died and was placed in a tomb, we died. We were buried with him. But, hallelujah he arose from the grave and is living with God. We too can have this heritage without the pain; if we confess our sins, ask Jesus to forgive our sins, believe that Jesus is God’s son and our Savior, and ask Jesus into our heart.
We have become so desensitized that we really do not appreciate the pain and anxiety that Jesus felt. Yes, people he felt things the same as we do. Jesus was part human, he hurt, bleed and cried the same as you and me. In fact maybe more so. The bible tells us in Luke 22, that Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prayed for God to remove the upcoming Crucifixion from him, BUT unlike us he prayed that God’s will be done not his. What I want you to notice is verse 44, he sweat big drops of blood. Now, I believe that is more than a little bit of anxiety, don’t you? If it were me, I would have had God send angels for me and skipped the Crucifixion. He was in the garden praying, because he knew what was coming. Luke 22:41-44 (KJV) And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Jesus was also betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter. All these things were mental hurts.
Now, let’s take a look at the physical pain he endured for us. John 19:1-15 (KJV) Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. (When the Roman’s scourged someone they used a special whip. it consisted of several cords and at the end of each cord was something sharp like glass. When the whip bit into the flesh they would jerk it up or down to rip the skin, to cause the most pain and damage possible.) I cannot even fathom the pain he felt when they pulled the beard from his face and spit on him. Isaiah 50:6 (KJV) I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. They placed a crown of thorns on his head & beat him. John 19:2-3 (KJV) And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head,…they smote him with their hands. All this unbearable pain happened before he was crucified. The bible says he was so weak someone else had to carry his cross.
Now, after all the above pain Jesus had nails driven through his hands. They placed one foot on top of the other & drove one big nail through them. Jesus was stabbed to speed up his death; John 19:34 (KJV) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
Even though Jesus suffered he stilled loved us; Luke 23:34a Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
This is what Jesus went through for any that call upon his name. He was part God/part man and did not have to endure any pain, but for me and you he did. So when you celebrate Easter this year remember exactly the price Jesus’ love cost him. Celebrate that he did not stay dead, he is a living God. Celebrate Jesus and teach your children the true meaning of Easter. It’s the least we can do.
We often hear the story of Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, who betrayed him. Today I will refresh you a little in regards to the type of man Judas was and how his greed leads to the Crucifixion of Jesus and the end of his own life.
Judas was a thief. John 1-6 tells of a visit to Martha & Mary. The bible says Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with an expensive ointment called spikenard. Judas right away realized the value of the ointment & wanted to confiscate it supposedly to give to the poor. John 12:4-6(KJV) Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Not only was Judas a thief, but he was a GREEDY thief. His greed was the only opening that Satan needed to enter into him and get him to do his dirty work. In Luke 22 the chief priests were trying to figure out a way to kill Jesus. Satan as always sees the weakest link & pounces. Luke 22:2-6(KJV) And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. Later you will see that the High Priest paid Judas 30 pieces of silver for the life of Jesus.
You might think to yourself; “Didn’t God or Jesus know Judas would betray them?” Answer, of course they did. They know everything, Judas betrayal was all part of what we call the bigger picture. Please pay special attention to verses 70-71. John 6:65-71 (KJV) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
One of the sad things in regards to the story of Judas is; he was a disciple and spent much personal time with Jesus. When he betrayed Jesus he did it with a kiss. Maybe this is where the saying “kiss of death” comes from. Matthew 27:47-50 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
Sometimes people do not realize the full impact of their actions until it’s too late. When Judas finally realized that his actions were going to cause Jesus to be brutally killed he tried to give the money back to the High Priests. However; the High Priests were very flippant and more of less said; “that’s your problem, not ours”. They in no way offered to help him to make things right. YOU TALK ABOUT AGONY, Can you imagine the emotional pain and guilt Judas would have felt? With no counseling from the Priest he took his own life. Matthew 27:2-6 (KJV) And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. Acts 1:18 says he fell and burst open. Acts 1:18 (KJV) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. One interpretation of this verse is that after he hung himself, he hung undisturbed until he rotted and fell to the ground bursting on impact.
WARNING!!! If a person claims to be a person of God they will not ask you to kill someone or go against the bible in any way, So don’t count on them to help you! Also, when you play with sin, you give Satan a way in!
So you see in the end, Judas agony became too much!! Don’t let your agony get the worse of you. Seek true Christian help. If you know someone is giving you bad advise don’t kill yourself, do not seek the help of someone that aided in your sin. Seek someone Godly, not on the outside, but on the inside. Believe me you can tell the difference.
Here is a poem I wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to comment at the bottom & let me know if this helped you in any way! I pray you all have a wonderful spirit filled week.
Judas one of the twelve;
Let Satan in him dwell.
“He was the son of perdition”,
which meant unsaved was his condition.
Jesus knew from the start;
that Judas would not change his heart.
He was a thief,
And often some of the disciple’s money he’d keep.
Thirty pieces of sliver the priest paid,
For that Jesus he betrayed.
After realizing that he made a mistake,
The money back he tried to take.
Instead of helping him be redeemed of his sins,
The priest turned their backs on him.
Jesus would have set him free,
But instead Judas hung himself from a tree.
And to the ground he fell and burst.
What a tragic way to die,
But still on Jesus’s name he did not cry.
| –Debbie Gladwell—
April 25, 2007