Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mark 15:1-39 God's Open Door Policy

KEY VERSE: Mark 15:37-39 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom

KEY THOT: The curtain that has separated sinful man from the Holiest Place where God is present has been torn when Jesus breathed his last. It was torn "from top to bottom," signifying that it was a divine, not human act. The access to God has forever been cleared by Jesus’ death, for through his atoning death, the door to God's throne-office has been removed once for all, so that the Father's Office stays open. Anyone who wants can just walk in and find a ready welcome.

The access to the Father is now open (and will never close again--until Christ's return) because Christ has died for sins so that anyone who turns to God (repent) will be accepted. But despite God’s “open door” policy, not everyone wants to enter--for various reasons, most of which are lifestyle ones. But the amazing truth is that I don’t need to “prep” myself before I step into the heavenly CEO's Office. I know that I will not face an angry CEO ready to grill me for my sins, but a loving Father who is waiting to welcome and embrace me.

I need to remind myself and also to proclaim to others that God has instituted an “Open Door” policy because of Christ's atoning death at the Cross. I can now walk into God's presence anytime just as I am. I used to make access to God sound difficult and complicated by insisting that those who come in my “prep” themselves properly—get cleaned up and dressed up. But Christ has already died for my sins and he doesn’t judge me according to my sins but according to His grace.

Father, what amazing grace You have demonstrated at the Cross: You yourself has torn the veil. It’s not me that must tear it away. I thank You that Christ has died for my sins and the door to his heavenly throne stays open--always. Amen.

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