As we make our way through the Tabernacle this week before Easter, pray before you begin, ask the Lord to give you a sensitivity to the presence of Jesus today.
Read Exodus 26:31-34
- The Veil (The Curtain of the Testimony) separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies. It was made of three colors of yarn – blue, purple and scarlet and fine linen. Cherubim were carefully woven or embroidered into the linen. The veil was to be touched only once a year when the priest was commanded to go into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the people in the presence of God at the Mercy Seat.
The Veil symbolically separated sinful man from a Holy God. When Jesus was crucified, the veil was torn in half from top to bottom granting those who trust in Jesus full and complete access to His presence.
The veil was symbolic of Jesus’ flesh torn for the forgiveness of our sins. When the spear pierced Jesus’ body the veil was torn, sins were paid in full, our debt was cancelled. God blackened the sky, turning His face from His precious Son, but He did not turn His back on us. Instead, His Son shone brightly for us, and the radiance of His glory continues to light our way and lead us to the throne of God, the Holy of Holies. We abide in the very presence of God because we are forgiven and have total access to the Father through Jesus.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:19-20
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. – Hebrews 9:24-26
Experience … Jesus’ presence by living within the veil.
To dwell in the house of the Lord is to live within the veil in fellowship with God, in the habitual recollection of His presence. – F.B. Meyer
As believers we can never rid ourselves of Jesus’ presence permanently but we do stifle the Spirit and “put the veil up” at times. We do this when we sin and let our sin nature or flesh control us and when we fail to confess our sins or “live” in a perpetual state of sin. Daily (and sometimes even hourly) confession is necessary to keep us living within the veil, in the light of Jesus’ presence.
Exclaim … Hallelujah! What a Savior! Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords! He is worthy of all of our worship and praise. Bow before Him today. Praise and thank Him for what He did on the Cross when He suffered and died for us.
Director of Women’s Ministry, Prayer, and Resource Specialist
This devotion was written in 2014 by Jacqueline Heider and was first published on her blog at jacquelineheider.com.