|Morning Fresh With Jody Bresch|
MORNING FRESH WITH JODY BRESCH, Thursday, September 19, 2013: We are in the middle of a really serious dry spell, and yes, we could use some rain, but this morning is the mostly absolutely stunning, gorgeous morning, it just takes your breath away! The sun was pouring through my foyer window the second time I woke up, and even in the dark, the first time, when I took Lexie out in the middle of the night, it was pretty darn nice. I was walking barefoot in the grass, and it was perfect.
There is something fabulously wonderful about every day, but then a day comes along that so far surpasses that you can't help but feel like celebrating it. I don't actually have a plan for that yet, but I intend to come up with something. I intend to be out in it, soaking it up like a sponge shortly.
Maybe I'll plant some spring bulbs. It's that time of year to start planning those beautiful blossoms in the spring. Setting goals, giving yourself something to look forward to, they are a glorious gift to our future.
Four years ago, I was sick, seriously sick with cancer, but I was excitedly anticipating the birth of our granddaughter, Amary (of course we didn't know her name was going to be Amary at that time), but we knew she was a little girl, and we hadn't had a little girl in the Bresch side of the family for fifty some years, so I was pretty thrilled.
I think I'll plant these Spring bulbs for Amary, something for us to look forward to together.
Matthew: 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
This veil was an amazing piece of craftsmanship, clearly a beautiful tapestry that was a work of art, beautiful to behold. Exodus 26:31, “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman.
The Hebrews transported this curtain, veil, tapestry with them through the wilderness. Numbers 4:5, when the camp is to move, Aaron and his sons are to go in and take down the shielding curtain and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.
The fact that this curtain had endured through centuries of Hebrew history, and was suddenly rent asunder at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, this shook the souls of many. Matthew 27:5, when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
This was no simple manifestation. This curtain was as thick as a man’s hand. There was no small tear. Mark 15:35, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
At the same time, there was some dramatic natural disaster occurring throughout the face of the Earth. Luke 23:45, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Witnesses were convinced that this was an act of God. Luke 23:47, the centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
The concept of Christ being the sacrificial lamb has filled books by the thousands in the last couple of centuries so this is no new revelation. However, the veil is vitally important piece of evidence about what a wonder God has done. The veil was a work of art that God directed to be made to stand between mankind and the arc of the covenant. The veil seems to have been an actual physical metaphor for all that had stood between God and man since the Garden of Eden. The Holy Ghost had already been revealed when Jesus was baptized, Luke, 3:22 and the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily appearance, as if a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, saying, “You are My Son; in You I am well pleased.” Some scholars interpret the scripture as meaning the Holy Ghost rent the veil in two when Christ died. So was this the dramatic grand-opening for the next gift from God for mankind?
Hebrews 9:3 demonstrates just how grandiose and compelling God’s dramatic production was…Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place.” It is described in glorious detail as a place of great beauty. When the Holy Spirit rent this curtain asunder, then the Holy Spirit allowed us to see that the blood sacrifice of Jesus, his sacrifice moved us a magnificent step forward in understanding, in having access to our heavenly Father. The veil is now gone so ‘Come boldly to the Throne of Grace.’ Prior to this moment, any man who had entered this place would have died. Now, if we don’t accept the invitation to come to the Throne of Grace, now refusing that invitation will assure our deaths. An amazing juxtaposition, made possible only through the Grace of God.
The Holy Spirit is revealed as our new access to the most Holy God.
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