Topic: Coming before God
‘And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” ‘
Mark 15:37-39 ESV
This scene depicts the very moment where all heaven and earth trembled with the anguish of the death of Jesus. But this monumental event, where the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, shows now we have access to God through the death of Jesus. No longer are we separated from God, we have the freedom to come to Him anytime. The curtain in the temple was the physical separation between God and His people. No one but the high priest could enter beyond the curtain into the Holy of Holies, and only on specific days to carry the sacrificial blood. Should he enter at any time other than that, he would perish. But Jesus, the Son of God, went into the Holy of Holies, with His own blood to once and for all redeem His people and cleanse them of their sin. He paid the ultimate price that tore the curtain from top to bottom, making a Yahweh accessible to all that desire to come before Him.
We are not to take this lightly, even though we may be able to come before God, we should also be reverent. We may address Him as our Father, but it doesn’t mean we may be flippant with how we address Him. That painful sacrifice that Jesus paid for us made it possible. We must never take that for granted. Coming before God, though I may do it any time, must be out of respect and humility.
1) Listen more. God desires us to come to Him and share our hearts. He desires a close relationship with Him and that means that I should also be open to listening to what He has to say. I am quick to spout off requests for this and that, but relationships are two-way. I need to listen more than I talk.
2) Come and Worship. The Lord’s Prayer taught to us is a guideline to how we should pray. It starts off with “Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.” We should begin in worship and praising Him. The angels and elders in heaven bow down and shout, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty! The one who was, and is, and is to come!” We must let our hearts be right before God.
Jesus, I praise You! I bow before you with a grateful heart. I thank you with my whole being for what you have done upon the cross to redeem us. Thank you for tearing the barrier between God and His people that we may come before you at any time. Thank you for making a way for us to be able to once again have a relationship with God the Father. Thank you so much! I ask for your forgiveness for times I have come before You without any respect and just babbled off my list of things I need for You to do for me. Please forgive me. I come before You and thank you with all my heart, mind, body and soul! I love you” In Your name, Jesus. Amen.