“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15: 37-38).

In actual historical fact, the glorious veil of the temple has been rent. As a matter of spiritual fact, the separating legal ordinance is abolished. For believers, the veil is not rolled up, but rent. The veil was not carefully unhooked and carefully folded up and put away so that it might put in place at some future time. Oh, no! The divine hand took it and rent it. It can never be hung up again, for that is impossible. Between those who are in Christ Jesus and the Great God, there will never be another separation. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35). Only one veil was made and as that is rent, the only separator is destroyed. The devil himself can never divide us from God now. He may and will attempt to shut us out from God, but the worst he could do would be to hang up a rent veil. What would that do but to exhibit his impotence? God has rent the veil and the devil cannot mend it. There is free access forever between a believer and his God, for the veil is rendered useless.

Some of God’s people have not yet realized this glorious fact, for they worship afar off. They pray with a lack of childlike confidence. The solemn language of worship that recognizes the greatness of God will not warm the heart or express the soul until it has blended with the joyful nearness of that perfect love. No veil remains. Why do you stand far off and tremble like a slave? Draw near with full assurance of faith. Jesus has brought you as close to God as even He Himself is. Therefore, let nothing hinder your entrance. Assuredly, infinite love invites you to draw near to God.

Adapted from In His Presence