As I reflected on the accounts of Christ’s crucifixion this morning, my attention kept being drawn to the torn veil.
To make a long story short, because of sin, the veil was put in place to separate God’s presence from His people. The high priest would pass through this veil once a year to make atonement for said sin.
Fast forward to the crucifixion.
Jesus’ death was then the ultimate atonement for sin. Since the sin had been paid for by the death of Jesus, the veil of separation was no longer necessary. With the veil no longer being necessary, God himself tore it in two.
You can find this account in Matthew 27:50-51, which says,
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.”
Because of Jesus, separation is no longer needed. Because of Jesus, sacrifices are no longer needed. Because of Jesus, the veil is no longer needed!
When the veil was torn, the presence of God was released from the temple never to be housed in a man-made structure again (Acts 17:24).
But this isn’t the only veil that captured my attention today.
In the book of Exodus, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to speak with God. When he came down, scripture tells us how his face was shining from meeting with God – and it made the Israelites scared.
His face was reflecting God’s glory, and just as God’s presence needed to be separated from the people, so did Moses’ face.
The solution? To place a veil over his face.
“. . . Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God . . . And when Moses had finished speaking with them [Israelites], he put a veil over his face.”
Moses’ face reflected the glory of God after meeting with Him as a friend. How much more can we reflect God’s glory when His Spirit is dwelling within us?!
Not only did Jesus’ death make the veil of the temple no longer needed, but thanks to Jesus, we can now shine with God’s glory just as Moses did!
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NET) says,
“And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we now have the ability to reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces as we are being transformed from glory to glory.
This is a gift that evaded people for thousands of years! Let’s not take it for granted or try to cover it with a veil that God himself has removed through Jesus.
As you celebrate Easter this weekend, be intentional and reflect the glory of our Lord.
Celebrate that the veil no longer separates us from His presence!
Celebrate that His presence in us is no longer separated from those around us!
Celebrate and shine His light with an unveiled face.
I truly hope you all have a fantastic Easter weekend!