6.10.2013

Kaitlin on God's deep love for us- Part 2

Editors Note: I am beyond thankful to know Kaitlin and call her one of my best friends! She is one of those woman that I just love hanging out with because she is just so close to Christ and it's so evident. I  know you will be encouraged by her writing about the veil and God's deep unending consuming love for you! Here is Part 2 on the Lets Get Real Series!

I love scripture.

I love the way it comes alive when I read it and the way it speaks into specific areas of my life at what seems like just the right time. As I was pondering what to write for a blog post I remembered a few verses God has been pointing out to me lately…

In the Old Testament, God instructs His people with the building plans for the Tabernacle. Basically God designs it with an entry for ceremonial washing and then with areas for giving sacrifices. Two of those places were call the Holy Place and the Most Hold Place (which was within it). The Most Holy Place was only entered once per year by the High Priest, who would have a cord tied around his ankle, incase he died in the presence of God, so others could pull him out. The Most Holy Place was basically a BIG deal because it represented the purest presence of God within the Tabernacle and was treated with the utmost respect by God’s people.

“For the inside of the Tabernacle, make a special curtain of finely woven linen. Decorate it with blue, purple and scarlet thread…This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.” Exodus 26: 31, 33

What struck me about these verses were the colours used for the curtain… Why so specific? In the Bible, blue has been known to represent the Holy Spirit, purple often represents the royalty of kings – specifically God the Father, the King of Heaven, and red represents the blood of sacrifice often equated with Jesus. What a sweet thing to literally “tie in” to the structure of the Tabernacle and the Most Holy Place – reminding the people of his eternal presence!!

This curtain makes another important appearance in the scriptures during the crucifixion of Jesus.

“Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:37 – 38

After hearing the crucifixion story hundreds of times I have never really paid much attention to this part, probably because it didn’t make sense to me and didn’t seem very significant. Wait a second… this curtain tore in two ON ITS OWN?? WHY?

“And so dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10: 19 - 23

It was torn so we could walk in.

What an incredible picture of his love! He not only came to die to forgive us, he destroyed the barrier between us so we can enter freely and be welcomed with joy. We aren’t just allowed to come before him we’re invited!

This is not a fearful, feeble, wondering-if-we-will-be-struck-dead kind of meeting. This is a meeting where our hearts entwine with a compassionate father, talking as friends and sharing truthfully. I don’t even now how to express how excited this makes me! But it doesn’t end there…

“Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us.” Hebrews 6:18 – 20

No longer do I have to wonder if I will be “good enough” to make it to heaven. Instead I am privileged to live in the reality that Jesus is hope NOW. He is my security for someday in heaven but more than that he is my trustworthy anchor today, for all the things I wonder and worry about, every trial and excitement.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” Romans 5:1 – 5

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.” 1 Peter 2:5

What a crazy, awe-inspiring, faithful God we serve! One who choses people like me, broken, messed up, someone with unsteady faith at times, to enter his holiness and give us grace. Knowing his holiness and our sinfulness, just looking at us is incredible enough, but he choses to use us to build his kingdom. Each of us is a living stone in his global church, building a kingdom for his glory with the little that we each have to offer.

In the past, I have often struggled with feelings of belonging. I’ve felt before like I just don’t seem to click with the people around me and the enemy often plants thoughts in my head that only make those feelings worse. In this time of uncertainty, these verses have continued to remind me of how deep God’s love for me reaches, how it wraps its self around me and invites me into a warm embrace. I don’t have to wonder if I belong, his invitation is clear, steadfast and relentless.

This reality leaves me with nothing else to say but thank you.

Love
Kaitlin

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