Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 10:19-25. “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
There is much to learn from these passages. When Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn from the top down. The curtain was a heavy woven curtain. If you have ever tried to tear a woven fabric, you know that it is impossible. Only the power of God could have torn that curtain. The tearing of the curtain symbolized for all to see that the old way of approaching God was finished. Where before you had to have a priest approach God, now everyone can approach God.
When you are united with Christ your life changes, you love others. You want to do good deeds. You also want to worship God with others so that everyone is encouraged in their faith.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things seen and unseen I give you thanks and praise for welcoming me into your presence. Help me always to remember that I am loved so that I will continue to love others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.