Have you ever gone to a play or musical where they never opened the curtain? Seems absurd. As you heard the sounds of the music or voices you would try to imagine the scenery or the expressions but it just wouldn’t be the same. There would be this separation that left you longing for something more. Although not an exact comparison this may help use understand what it might have been like before Jesus’ death on the cross when it came to worshipping God. There was this distance required that kept God’s full presence from being accessed or seen or felt.
LET US DRAW NEAR
As New Testament worshipers we have access to God in a way Old Testament believers never had. Hebrews 10:19-22 says: Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
HOW MARVELOUS, HOW WONDERFUL!
Wow! What an amazing privilege we have. What was once reserved for only the high priest is now made available to all. Yet it seems we’ve grown a bit numb. I know I take it for granted. What about you? When you enter the Most Holy Place, are you moved? Changed? Humbled? Are you like Isaiah when he fell to his knees and cried out woe is me! There is no doubt that anything we do repetitively can get a little mundane or lose its appeal. But we are talking about entering the very presence of God. When we consider that reality, it must cause us to worship in awe and reverence; to be filled with wonder and overwhelmed by His mercy that He would allow us such access.
The refrain to an old hymn I remember singing growing up said, “How marvelous, how wonderful and my song shall ever be. How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.” May we never lose the marvel of what Jesus did for us and the full access we have to our heavenly Father through Him, our great High Priest.