Matthew 27:50-51 KJV
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent”
The veil was torn after Jesus died. What does this mean? It means that we were qualified. Qualified for what? Prior to the event of Jesus crucifixion, only the qualified high priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, a small room with a candle and golden alter, which was hidden by the veil. There, he burned incense and sprinkled sacrificial animal blood on the alter to God because this was God’s requirement for the remission of sins. This was done once a year, and it was a solemn and sacred event.
When Jesus died, the veil to the Holy of Holies tore in half. This means that we are now qualified. We are now holy enough, righteous enough, worthy enough, esteemed enough, and honored enough to approach God. No more veil, no more requirements such as washing the feet and hands for cleanliness because we were made spotless by the blood of the lamb. No more blood sacrifices are required, because Jesus was our sacrifice. No more justification by keeping the law is required, because Jesus became our justification.
Since Jesus’s death qualified us, God now calls us, and then justifies us (Romans 8:30). Then, after he justifies us, he glorifies us as a royal priesthood, a spotless bride. How does God justify us? He calls things that appear to be not as though they are. We see our failures, but he shows us our justification. Just as one might justify a child’s behavior to someone, God justifies our behaviors to us. He gives us faith. So why do we need to be justified if we are already qualified? We are not really justified until we know that we are justified. We are qualified, but unless we believe that we are qualified, its as if we aren’t because the righteous will live by faith (Romans 1:17).
What have we been qualified for exactly? For heaven, for life. To live justified, redeemed, and forgiven. To have unhindered intimacy with our creator who now dwells among us, in the spirit of our hearts, and throughout our lives. To many he calls for them to join with him, but sadly they refuse. Most don’t know that they had been qualified. Some still erroneously think that Christianity is just for the weak, deceived, radical, or the perfect. Jesus Christ gave his life so that yours can be saved, through faith. Those who choose to live without Christ are also choosing to die without Christ. We will live by what we believe, and we will die according to what we believe as well.
If you say that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you truly believe that he was risen from the dead, then you will be saved (Romans 10:9). Why do we have to say it if we want to be saved? Because that means that you truly believe, because from the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). He has qualified us, do you believe?
Those who do truly believe can now “give joyful thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12 NKJV). Thank you God for sending us Jesus, who was your Son, to qualify us to also be your sons and to enjoy all of your inheritance. I believe! Thank you Jesus for dying for us. I praise you God. Amen.