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Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.Matthew 27:51 ESV
This past weekend we celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus. We thought about His journey to the cross, His pain as he took the weight of our sins, and His anguish as He was separated from His Father for the first time in eternity. We rejoiced that by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior we are forgiven and can go to heaven to spend eternity with Him and the Father. But something else happened that day.
In the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve spent time walking and talking with God, they were in perfect alignment with Him. They were being all that He had created them to be and were doing what He had created them to do. But when they disobeyed, sin got between them and God and they had to leave the Garden.
I think that when we think of sin, we think of God chasing after it to destroy it. But I don’t think it works that way. Sin cannot exist in the presence of God. If sin and God are in the same room, sin will be destroyed simply because of who God is. That’s why Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden. Sin was now in them and they could no longer safely be in His presence (without making the required animal sacrifice). The same goes for us.
Ever since the fall, God has been chasing after us to restore us to a relationship like the one He had with Adam and Eve. That’s why He sent His Son to save us.
At the moment Jesus died on the cross, the veil to the Holy of Holies was ripped from top to bottom and the barrier between God and His people was removed. Without Jesus taking our sins on the Cross and being the final sacrifice, we would never be able to stand in the presence of a Holy God.
But, Hallelujah He did and we can. That means, we can again have a relationship with the Father. We can walk and talk with Him and hear the specific unique plans He has for each of us. We now have a chance to live a life aligned with all He created us to be and to do all He created us to do.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus to die upon the cross for me. Thank you that He didn’t just remove my sins so I could get to heaven, but He also made a way for me to have a relationship with you. Now I can discover my true identity and be effective here on earth too.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog