In Old and New Testament, access to God was blocked by a foreboding curtain which sealed the inside of the Temple. Access to the Temple was limited to a special group of people. Access to the “Holy Place” was limited to priests. Access was restricted to once a year, only the High Priest, with a blood sacrifice, and a long period of cleansing (purification for his own sin). If this did not take place the Priest would be consumed by the Presence of God.
Jesus in John 2:19-20 makes a shocking statement. The Jews are laughing and ridiculing Him, because it took massive manpower (46 years) to construct that Temple. But look at vs. 21. He was saying, kill me and I will become the new meeting place with God. You won’t have to come to Jerusalem and go to a special building, or through a special person, but I will provide access to God. We read in Matt. 27:51a at the moment of Jesus death, the curtain in the Temple was torn in two. Hebrews 10:20 reveals that we now have access to the Most Holy Place through Jesus death and resurrection.
The new and better curtain, Christ’ body, was torn for us.
Even the saints of the Old Testament, who called out to God and were heard, dare not enter the Most Holy place. Yet we are bid “let us draw near to God” Heb 10:22a; “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence” Heb. 4:16a; “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Eph. 3:12 It took the death of Christ, the blood of God’s Son to purchase our access to God, but now the throne room is open and all of us have access to God in prayer. What a great price to pay. Without it we wouldn’t have a prayer.
Approach prayer with a newness today. Reach beyond your status quo and embrace Christ’s sacrifice. Embrace it through prayer!