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Luke 23:44-46 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.
The curtain separated the rest of the temple from the holiest space—a place only the high priest entered once a year (on the Day of Atonement) to offer prayers and sacrifices on behalf of the Children of Israel. Woven in colors of blue, purple, and scarlet, the curtain was sixty feet long, twenty feet high, and six inches wide, and it required some 300 men to hang it. Behind the curtain was the Ark of the Covenant, the ultimate symbol of God’s presence.
With Jesus’ death comes complete access to the divine. In this liminal moment, with one foot on earth and one in Paradise, the Good Shepherd holds us closely—and refuses to let go.
MOVING FORWARD: Where do you feel closest to God? If possible, visit that place today.
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 23:44-56