23 Mar The Veil – 3/23/21
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 – “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.“
Before the new covenant and under the law of Moses, people had to offer sacrifices in order to meet with God. In the temple there was a veil, or a barrier, that prevented us from entering into the holiest of places; into the presence of God. BUT (there’s always a but) Jesus came, died on the cross, and the veil was torn. We now have access to God! Isn’t that so awesome? We can be in the Lord’s presence, wherever and whenever because we have the Spirit of the Lord inside our hearts. Before we were slaves to sin and to the law, but through the blood of Jesus Christ we are free, redeemed, and can be in an intimate relationship with the Father. We can enter into His presence boldly and meet with Him in confidence. We can find rest in Him. We don’t have to change first. We come first, and through spending time with the Lord, we are transformed into a new creation and into the image of the Father – the way it was meant to be. If we continue to live according to the law, for the world, masked by our sin, it’s as if we are living with veils over our hearts because we are missing the Lord’s presence. We aren’t allowing Him to transform our hearts because we are trying to do it on our own. But through seeking Him daily, spending time in His word, and being led by the Spirit, we can encounter Jesus wherever we are and in everything we do. We see His goodness, we see His glory, we see His beauty. Come to Jesus first. Seek Him first. Jesus died for you! He wants to spend time with you! The Creator of the heavens and the earth, our redeemer, wants to be with you! Rejoice in that. He loves you.
Lord, I thank you first for the cross and the debt that you paid so that we could be in relationship with you. I pray that we would live by your Spirit, not by the ways of the world or the law, but for you. For me to live is Christ. I pray this would be true of our hearts, that we would rejoice knowing we get to enter into your presence daily and wherever we are. I pray we can find rest in you and peace in what you’ve done for us; that we would enter into your courts with praise, thanksgiving, and with confidence.