April 26

At the sixth hour darkness covered the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”…With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (Mark 15:33-38 NIV)

The darkness no doubt was a sign of the Father turning away from Jesus. The sight was more than He could bear. God’s love sent His son to the cross at His will. Because God was interested in our restoration to Him; Jesus was now experiencing the full price of sins penalty. He was suffering the complete wrath of God for sin – separation from the Father. Forever thrust from his presence is the penalty for sin. That is death: Never to know God or to have fellowship with him. Christ bore this penalty for us and as a result God’s wrath was satisfied. How do we know? The veil of the temple was torn in two. The temple was God’s place of meeting his people Israel under the Old Covenant. That veil stood for the inaccessible presence of God. God was not accessible to Israel they could not come into his presence. The only one who could enter was the high priest and he could do it only once a year. By removing the veil God was now accessible through Christ. The wall of separation was torn down. The gap between God and humanity was now bridged. All can come to God we have confidence to approach him because of Christ sacrifice.