"At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."
(MATTHEW 27:51)

Matthew 27: 45-55
When we think of God’s gifts in our lives, we usually think of concrete things like a good job or friend, or a healing from cancer. But these don’t even come close to His gift of accessibility.

On Easter, I was trying to explain to my four-year-old about the temple curtain being torn in two. “It shows us that nothing keeps us from God anymore. Jesus made it so anybody can now get to God.”

In this world money can buy us all kinds of separation: gated communities, first class air travel, private luxury boxes. People are told, for a host of reasons, “Access denied.” Jesus’ death broke down the gates around the holy of holies and declared that God’s presence is “Open to the Public.” The Gospel couldn’t be more inclusive. As Max Lucado writes, “Does God offer His gift to the brightest and most charming? No. It is for all.”

“Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and grace…” (Hebrews 4:16). We have access to God, not because of who we are, but because of who Jesus is.

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Matthew 27: 45-55



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