God gave Moses instructions for a temple that would be carried through the desert for 40 years, then later built by Solomon. He was very specific about every detail: height, length, thickness, colors, etc.
When it came to the Holy of Holies, there was to be a “veil,” a curtain between the outer and inner areas. This curtain was 60 feet high, 30 feet wide, and a man's hands breadth, about 4 inches thick.
The inner area was so holy that the priest wore a long rope with bells tied to the ankle in case he was struck dead so that he could be dragged out.
In the inner area was the Ark of the Covenant, the most holy place where the people's sins were forgiven once a year. The Holy of Holies would be used for 1,260 years before the crucifixion.
In John 2:19, Jesus said to the Pharisees, Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. In Matthew 26, as Jesus was being tried, he was accused of saying he would destroy and rebuild the Temple in 3 days. Jesus wasn’t talking about the Temple building; he was talking about himself. He was now the temple.
Matthew 27 says that when Jesus gave up his spirit, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Every sin, past, present, and future, was forgiven at that exact moment. His death satisfied the requirement for blood sacrifice once and for all time!
My sin has been paid for, even the ones I haven’t committed yet.
That blows my mind!
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