Whispers of Love
We would think it a high honor to receive an invitation to visit the resident of the United States or the queen of England, but a far greater privilege beckons you and me: "To enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way... through the veil, that is to say, his flesh" (Hebrews 10:19, 20).
We may "enter into the holiest" through the "new and living way" that Jesus has opened for us. In the ancient tabernacle, no one but a priest could enter the holy place, and only the high priest could appear in the most holy place. But Hebrews 10:19, 20 invites all of us to go in. How can what was possible to only a few be accessible now to every child of God? "A new and living way" has been opened for us, and we can enter by Jesus' blood. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19).
We enter by this new and living way that He has opened for us "through the veil, that is to say, his flesh" (verse 20). When Jesus died on the cross, an unseen hand tore the inner veil of the temple in Jerusalem from top to bottom (see Matthew 27:51). Thus God announced the transition from the earthly to the heavenly temple. However, there was more to the message of the torn curtain. No longer need a veil stand between God and man, for Jesus had opened up a new living way.
The Savior promises the Christians in Laodicea, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne (Revelation 3:21). As I think about it, I am sure it is not so much that He wants His children to reign as that He wants them to be with Him. I'm a father, and I know it means a lot to a father's heart to have somebody sitting on his knee; this helps me understand a little of how God feels. He wants me with Him, up close, sitting right with Him on His throne. This is the fellowship that He has offered to us through the sanctuary.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Although I have never been in the heavenly sanctuary, I can picture it in my imagination. By faith I can see my great High Priest standing at the mercy seat for me. In my imagination I can view the myriads of angels assisting Him. I can see Moses, Enoch, and Elijah there. I can see the 24 elders around God's throne. Yes, you and I can enter in our imaginations. Our thoughts can abide with Jesus at the mercy seat.
Thus day by day we can come to the sanctuary just as the penitent brought his lamb to the altar. By faith we can see Jesus, our Sacrificial Lamb, slain; by faith we can follow Him as our High Priest while He presents the incense and sprinkles the blood of the atonement. All the way through we are looking at Jesus, and the longer we do this, the more real He becomes.
"Those whose hearts are open to receive the support and blessing of God will walk in a holier atmosphere than that of earth, and will have constant communion with heaven.
"There is no time or place in which it is inappropriate to offer up a petition to God. In the crowds of the street, in the midst of a business engagement, we may send up a petition and plead for divine guidance.
"We may keep so near to God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower turns to the sun.
"Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him. The Lord is very pitiful, of tender mercy" James 5:11). His heart of love is touched by our sorrows. Take to Him everything that perplexes he mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children in which He takes no immediate interest. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds" (Psalm 147:3)."
This is the new and living way that He has opened for us through the veil. If you learn the lesson of this chapter, you will eventually learn everything else you need to know. If you don't learn it, nothing else you learn will have any permanent value. Everything hinges on your personal fellowship with Christ our Lamb and High Priest.
It Is Finished
Jesus cried, "It is finished." "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit." A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Savior shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died.
When the loud cry, "It is finished," came from the lips of Christ, the priests were officiating in the temple. It was the hour of the evening sacrifice. The Lamb representing Christ had been brought to be slain. Clothed in his significant and beautiful dress, the priest stood with lifted knife, as did Abraham when he was about to slay his son. With intense interest the people were looking on. But the earth trembled and quaked; for the Lord Himself drew near. With a rending noise the inner veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand, throwing open to the gaze of the multitude a place once filled with the presence of God. In this place the Shekinah had dwelt. Here God had manifested His glory above the mercy seat. No one but the high priest ever lifted the veil separating this apartment from the rest of the temple. He entered in once a year to make an atonement for the sins of the people. But lo, this veil was rent in twain (see Matthew 27:51). The most holy place of the earthly sanctuary was no longer sacred.
All was terror and confusion. The priest was about to slay the victim; but the knife dropped from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escaped. Type had met antitype in the death of God's Son. The great sacrifice had been made. The way into the holiest was laid open. A new and living way was prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Savior was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens.
It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers: There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, "Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy, will, 0 God. " "By His own blood" He entereth "in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" (Hebrews 10:7; 9:12).