Researching the “veil of the temple” we interestingly find that it wasn’t our typical veil at all. One would think a veil would be a sheer thin fabric like that which is worn on the head of a bride, or the sheer covering beneath our window curtains. However, the temple veil was an elaborate and beautifully embroidered curtain that was 4 inches thick, 30 feet wide and 60 feet high. The veil separated the Holy of Holies where God’s presence dwelled from the outer room where sinful man entered. It was a constant reminder that sin separates man from the holy presence of God. When the veil of the temple or Jesus’ flesh was torn in two, the ultimate sacrifice was complete and sinful man gained access to enter into the presence of God.
We can now boldly enter into God’s presence, the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. (Hebrews 6:19-20) That means not only has his death and resurrection secured our place in heaven but we also have gained access into God’s presence in the here and now. I don’t know about you but that is something I find worth getting excited about! When the light of His presence fills the room, darkness is diminished. The veil of sin that covers our eyes is opened and we can’t help but see the Glory of the King! It is then man realizes the holiness of God and falls to his knees humbly acknowledging his unworthiness and need for a savior. Through the blood stained curtain we come and draw near to God singing, Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!