Dear Reader the answer has been in plane site. Now ask yourself why has it been ignored ? Faith and Religion.
Before His Crucifixion Christ revealed to the woman at the well that the time was soon coming when God will reveal how each of us will come to Him without the need of sacred buildings, mountains, sacrifices, or priesthoods.
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. (She did not know to whom she was speaking.) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Here Jesus is plainly referring to how Believers should worship God after His death for sins of the world. From that point we are free to come to God person to person. The Old Testament Covenant need for Priest and sacrifices for our sins, no longer apply.
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. ”Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Now dear Reader consider carefully: Later, after this conversation, at a time pe-determined before the foundations of the earth were laid, Christ died on the cross for the sins of the World. "And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom."
Consider carefully the importance of this event. What is the meaning of the temple veil being torn in two ?
In the Jewish temple the veil served as the barrier to the Holy of Hollies where it was believed God's presence rested housed the Ark of the Covenant. Only the high priest could enter this area and then only one time each year to make atonement for the sins of Israel (Exodus 30:10). First Kings 6:2 records that Solomon's temple was 30 cubits high. This would have been 45 feet tall. Note: The first century Jewish historian Josephus records that Herod extended the temple's height to 40 cubits high, about 60 feet tall. He also records that the veil was four inches thick. Matthew 27:50-51 says, "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."
Notice the details: (1) Jesus died. (2) The enormous 45 to 60-foot high four inch thick curtain was torn. (3) The tear was from top to bottom clearly indicating the destruction was not of man but truly of God. This connection between the death of Jesus and the torn veil is not just about God's power. It witnesses to us who Jesus Christ is, what the cross accomplished, and the access we now now have to God through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 8:1-2
"Now the point is this: We (each of us) have a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man." Jesus Himself now serves as "our" high priest. There is no longer a need for a Jewish high priest (or any minister of any Christian church) to stand before the Lord and make atonement for our sins. Jesus has provided for our atonement through His death on the cross. In addition, the tearing of the veil also defined the beginning of a new covenant. Hebrews 8:13 states, "In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."
A powerful application of this change is described in Hebrews 4:14-16: "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Instead of going to a priest, minister, or pastor, we can go directly and boldly come before God through Jesus Christ to receive mercy and grace. Jesus meets our needs and even identifies with our weaknesses. The tearing of the veil is profoundly significant and provides a pictorial foundation for how we can approach God today. God has torn down the barrier between Himself and us through the work of Jesus. http://compellingtruth.org
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"For whatsoever things were written in the past were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4
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Words of Knowledge and Wisdom:
Proverbs Chapters 1 through 31
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