A Glimpse of Hope at the end of Good Friday

Its close to sundown on Good Friday and I wanted to give you a little glimpse of hope. See God brings hope to the hopeless through Jesus. So what about Jesus’s Disciples and followers when Jesus dies upon the cross? God did not leave them hopeless as I am sure they were. They did not have the advantage that we do of hindsight. They had watched the leader, who they had come to see as the Messiah, die upon the cross. They had to be distraught and down. Had to be. We know now that Jesus came back on the third day just like He said He would. The Apostles did not know that but God gives them a sign. In Matthew 27 verse 51 God gives people a sign. “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” In the temple there hung a big veil, or what we in the south would call a curtain. This was no ordinary curtain though, it was huge. 30 feet high, 30 feet long, and 4 to 5 inches thick. This veil separated us from the Holy of Holies. Now in layman terms, it represented a barrier between God and mankind. In King Solomon’s Temple the Ark of the Covenant was in the Holy of Holies and God would, in smoke form, rest on the Ark. Nobody was allowed past the veil. The veil symbolized sin and the barrier between God and mankind. Jesus dying meant that He became the veil and thats why the tearing of the veil was so important. It gave hope that we as mankind would be able to approach God personally. Which is exactly what Jesus said He is “The way, the truth, and the light and no man comes o the Father except through Me.” in John 14:6. Jesus tells us He is the veil. You cannot get into the Holy of Holies, aka to God, except coming through Jesus, aka the veil. See how it all ties together? God leaves the Apostles and Jesus followers a sign. A huge sign. God always gives us Hope. He did then and He does now! Now wait till Easter Sunday when this story gets really wild!! Sundays Coming!!

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