He TORE the veil

Jerusalem Temple in Jesus’ Era

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ did more for us than we can ever imagine, especially for non-Jewish women. In the design of the Jerusalem temple in Jesus’ era (see picture), there were different sections of the temple for people depending on their rank (Priest or non priest), gender (men or woman) and race (Jewish or Gentile).

Towards the back of the temple was the Most Holy Place, followed by the inner courts then the outer courts. Then there was the brazen altar where the priests offered sacrifices. The Most Holy Place was considered the dwelling place of the Most High God and only the Levitical High priest had access to this place once a year on the Day of Atonement [Leviticus 16:1-35]. The High Priest and the other Levitical Priests were able to enter the Holy Place (inner courts) to perform their religious functions. Hence, the priests were considered closest to God by the people.

From the design, we can clearly see that if there was a gathering, what the High priest communicated from the altar would first be heard by the Jewish men, before it would be heard by the Jewish women who were separated from the men and were at the periphery in the temple. But even the Jewish women were considered higher than the Gentiles who were not even allowed to be in the temple courts itself, and were outside the temple walls. So whatever was spoken by the High Priest was either not heard by the Gentiles or what they heard were in bits and pieces. How then could the Gentiles live according to God’s Word if they could not hear His Word or it was misconstrued by the time they heard it?

Oh but the blood of Jesus changed that! When He died on the cross, He TORE the veil [Matthew 27:51]. He tore the veil into the Most Holy Place and through His blood, God reconciled man unto Himself. He no longer needed Levitical High priests to do that for us. We now have a great High Priests; Jesus Christ, who is seated on the right hand side of God the Father interceding on our behalf [Hebrews 4:15-16, Hebrews 10:12-22].

When the veil was torn, the barriers were also broken. The barriers that put Jewish women to the periphery were broken. And Oh Glory to God, the barriers that put the Gentiles outside the temple walls were also broken down. Jesus; the Word of God, was hand delivered to the Gentiles through Apostle Paul. They no longer needed to struggle to hear over temple walls what God had spoken. He came and dwelt in their midst as Apostle Paul went around preaching the Word of God. The blood of Jesus created access for those who were not considered worthy and through Him, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus” [Galatians 3:28, NLT].

If you can only understand the depths of what the blood of Jesus has done for you, you will give your life completely to Him. He TORE the veil. He TORE the barrier. He TORE it all hindrances. You can freely come to God through Him; priest or non-priest, Jew or Gentile, free or slave, Man or Woman, Child or Adult.


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  1. Eugene says:

    Glory to God! He made us one through the body of his death (Colossians 1:22) and broke the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14)and formed from the two one new creation!! So now what matters to God is neither Jew nor Gentile but a New Creation!!! (Galatians 6:15)


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