He Chose the Nails

Session 3 - He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence

 

We are completely free to enter the Most Holy Place without fear because of the blood of Jesus’ death. We can enter through a new and living way that Jesus opened for us. It leads through the curtain—Christ’s body.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NCV

Morally, how we “dress” ourselves—the ethics and convictions we embrace—shapes our attitude, choices, and behavior. It indicates to others who we really are…on the inside.

As we prepare to live out the part God wants us to play, it might be a good idea to look into the mirror and ask the question, “what clothes am I wearing?”

Jesus not only offered us his own robe but also invited us into his Father’s presence…. What once separated us from his presence has been removed. Nothing remains between us and God but an open door (see Hebrews 10:19-20 NCV).

Jesus hasn’t left us with an unapproachable God. Yes, God is holy. Yes, we are sinful. But Jesus is our mediator. He was the curtain between us and God, and his flesh was torn for you and me. “When Jesus had cried out again in a load voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:50-51).

Though there is no curtain in a temple, there is a curtain in the heart. Our guilty conscience becomes a curtain that separates us from God. As a result, we hide from our Master.

Somewhere, sometime, somehow, you got tangled up in garbage, and you’ve been avoiding God. You’ve allowed a veil of guilt to come between you and your Father.

You came to the cross dressed in sin, but you leave dressed in the “coat of his strong love” (Isaiah 59:17 NCV), girded with a belt of “goodness and fairness” (Isaiah 11:5 NCV), and clothed in “garments of salvation” (Isaiah 61:10). Indeed, you leave dressed in Christ himself!

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