Open Communication With The Father

READ:   Luke 23:44-48    By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock.  The light from the sun was gone.  And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle.  Then Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!"  And with those words he breathed his last.   

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When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshipped God and said, "Surely this man was innocent."  And when all the crowd that are to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.  

Jesus was crucified around 9:00 am and by noon darkness had fallen over the whole land.  I'm sure when darkness fell, at an unusual hour, many of the bystanders knew that this crucifixion was plain wrong.   

We also also told that the Temple curtain was torn in two.  This was the inner curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place.  It would have taken great force to tear this curtain.  We are told that this curtain was 60 feet long by 30 feet wide, as thick as the palm of a man's hand, and woven in 72 separate squares, adjoined together. This was no fragile curtain by any means!   But why exactly did the curtain tear?   It was symbolic of AN OPENING BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THE PRESENCE OF GOD brought about by what Jesus did on the cross.  

Just before Jesus breathed his last breath - he said "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!"    He trusted his father and knew that he would once again be in union with him.    Paul says it this way, "Jesus - who being the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross,"  Philippians 2:5-8.   

Our obedient Lord - suffered and died for each and every one of us.  His death made a way for open communion between us and God.  We no longer go to a high priest (as the people did in the old testament).  We can go directly to God with open communication knowing that he cares about us so much ---  enough to send his son to make the way!   

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life -

no one comes to the Father except through Him!