And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:38
On this Mondays moment with God – he is risen, and he certainly has. Our verse this week isn’t exactly at the point of Jesus rising from the tomb, but it is such a beautiful verse. The imagery of the veil being torn in two preceding Jesus rising from the grave is beautiful.
I always picture a clear, thin veil separating God from us before the death of Jesus. But when Jesus died on the cross that day the veil was torn. Now we were no longer held back by our sin, but assured of our eternal life with Christ. We were no longer separated from him, but promised of his presence with us forever.
The Things of Lent Do Not Have To End
Over the past forty days we have spent time in self-reflection. We’ve made an effore to resist our temptations. Intentionally spending more time in the Lord’s word and in prayer has been something we have seeked daily. As I spent more time in prayer I really tried to imagine how I would have felt being with Jesus on that last day. Imagined how I would have felt seeing him breathe his last breath and whisper, “it is finished,” (John 19:30).
I have found myself overcome with emotion on several mornings while imagining these moments. Everything Jesus went through on this Earth, he went through for us. We are heartbroken by the thought of him enduring so much pain. Yet it is us who is hammering those nails into his flesh. God is so very good, he continually puts us before himself.
Today let’s praise our God not only with our prayers and gratitude, but also with our actions. Yes Lent has ended. But that doesn’t mean we need to end our focus in God’s word and in prayer. Make a commitment to continue striving to keep him front and center in your life.
Without him as the center of your life, you will struggle, fall and fail, with fear of not being able to get back up. With him in first place though you can rest assured that he is steering your life and he does know what is best. What a great relief it is knowing that God is guiding us and he is doing what is best for us always.
Father God, we are not worthy of your love, grace or mercy. Yet your endlessly shower these things upon each of us. We sin everyday and forget to put you first in all we do, please forgive us Lord. Help us to remember that it is through you that we have what we have. And through you we are able to do what we do.
Help us to remember that you should always be number one in our lives, as we are number one in yours. You loved each of us long before we were being formed inside of our mother’s womb. God, please just forgive us for getting caught up in worldly pleasures. Help us to be at peace so that our minds can be open and filled with all that you want for us to know each day. Lead us in your glorious light, Lord. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.