Oil on canvas, 34″x57″
“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed is last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:37-38
A massive curtain once separated God’s holy presence from His people. Only the High Priest was allowed through the curtain, and then only once a year. All that Jesus did is pointing to bringing everyone close to His Heavenly Father. His last cry on the cross was so deep and strong that it tore this curtain of separation. According to Rabbinic tradition, this curtain was 60′ long, 30′ tall, and 4″ thick. It was a beautiful and significant work of textile art. However, the true beauty and goodness of God’s presence was of far greater value, and as this curtain was torn, access to His presence was no longer concealed from us. His grace and tender mercy shine so brightly through the broken threads.
Are you experiencing brokenness and tearing in your life? Are your carefully woven plans suddenly torn up? Because of what Jesus has done, we can all enter into His presence, and receive His mercy.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16