Luke 23:44-46 The Rent Veil
Intro: Billy Bob & his family lived in rural Louisiana down by the Bayou .
Billy Bob his dad said tell me the truth, son did you push the outhouse into the Bayou ?
Billy Bob responded Well daddy we studied about George Washington in school today Like him I cannot tell a lie I did it daddy .
Billy Dad responded : Billy Bob bend over son Im gonna give you a whupping
But daddy I told the truth George Washingtons daddy didnt whup him when he admitted to chopping down the Cherry tree
Billys Dad then said That may be true son but George Washington wasnt in that Tree.
Sometimes we have the tendency to think- Boys will be Boys sin is going to happen Pushing over an occasional outhouse is no big deal
Listen : The Father Hates sin because He sees the Devastating effects that sin brings about .
B) Understand this : SIN IS NOT BAD BECAUSE IT IS FORBIDDEN
SIN IS FORBIDDEN BECAUSE IT IS BAD!!!!!
C)Most people think that SIN IS BAD because God forbade it
D)The most DEVESTATING It separates us from the God Who loves us
so much - / Makes it so that we cannot enjoy fellowship w/ Him
In the verses that we have just read we see a VISUAL Illustration of how that which separated has been removed !!!!!
B) If taking notes 4 things we want to consider -
1st The History of the Veil ( Background)
B) In the mist of the Camp was what was known as the Tabernacle
C)This tent sat surrounded by this curtained fence made like a court yard
D)Because the first thing you would see when you entered the fence into that
courtyard area was this huge altar
But only the Priest could go in there But they didnt get to see God either for they could only go into the first room - Holy Place
The Veil was 60 feet tall 30 feet wide 10 inches thick - / it was so heavy that it took 300 priest to hang it up !!
1) And that had to be taken care of before someone could approach God
1) It was an Honor to be the Priest Chosen to enter in but also Scary
2nd thing Note What was the Message of the Veil OT.
But the Veil was also a shadow a Picture of that which was to come
3rd thing we want to see Writer of Hebrews gives us insight / TURN
10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,But a body You have prepared for Me.
When the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies on the day of Atone w/ the Blood of the Sacrifice it merely served as a Covering for Sin
Their sin wasnt removed
Lets say a business man goes to bank to request loan for business venture
the debt should the venture fail.
B)So the loan is made ; the promissory note is drawn up ; rate
of interest is set; business man signs note; his friend endorses it
C) So He goes back to the bank and asks for further credit and for an extension of time on his expired loan
1) The banker agrees and draws up a new promissory note adding
the new debt carried forward another year
D.) This goes on and on the loans getting larger and larger every year and
the business man is getting deeper and deeper in debt
E.)The only thing that keeps him afloat is the endorsement of his friend!
That is exactly what happened in O.T. - the animal sacrifices were like promissory notes
A.) Bringing them to the altar the Hebrews acknowledged their accumulating debt - covered for another year!
But the writer of Hebrews also tells us that these sacrifices were merely a shadow , a picture .
WHO WOULDTAKE AWAY the sin of the world FOREVER
B) A Shadow is interesting ; it has form but no substance - a
shadow in & of it self is really useless.
C) The shadow of a key cannot unlock a door -- big Mac cannot satisfy
hunger; in fact might make more hungry
1) The shadow of Calvary could not take away sin!
D) The endless offerings of theLevitical ritual could never make
those who came perfect!
The end to which the O.C. pointed was: complete salvation / which
included the taking away of sin , Access to God, clear conscience
A) Something the O.C. & its sacrifices could never do!
multiplying of zero
1) No matter how many times you repeat the process the result is still zero
C) The sacrifices just served as a reminder ! And Every year on
the day of Atonement / people reminded sins were still there.
D) But Each sacrifice carried with it the endorsement of the Son of God,who guaranteed He would fully repay all of the liabilities acknowledged by the sinner!
E)When Christ died at Calvary - he removed the debt Took away sins!-
something - sacrifice of bulls goats could never do!
1.) they were a shadow He is the REAL THING
F) So Jesus Declares a body you have prepared for me When He came there was SUBSTANCE -
9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God. (NOTE THIS " He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Jesus was establishing a New thing : A new Covenant. doing away w/ the Old The New Covenant. Known not by Distance but Closeness
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
B)Just as the Veil hung between heaven & earth in the Temple /so too
Jesus Hung between Heaven & earth on the Cross
C)Just as the Veil was Ripped from Top to Bottom by the Hands of the Lord
So too Christ was ripped from top to Bottom by God
Isa.53: 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
D)Just as that Veil was ripped from top to Bottom completely by God
so that not one inch was left untorn
So what does the Rent Veil mean today ? It means there is access / there can be closeness We can enter in . Distance has been removed
It is a New way & it is a LIVING WAY - Because Jesus is ALIVE !!!
So the VEIL RENT means the door has been opened Just think what it must have been like to be Priest in the temple that day Veil rent
But here is the thing to understand Your being welcome into His Presence has nothing to do w/ Your Performance
My Son Aaron has always wanted a Brother feels outnumbered girls
B)Brought home showed room / w/ Aaron ( You get the top bunk )
Dresser for your clothes / bathroom etc.
Son You need to understand Denise & I do Love you that is why we paid the price for You You dont need to earn anything we want you to enjoy this as Your Home NOT OUR SERVANT / OUR SON
When ever we start to think the way to God is based upon how much we pray or read or share our faith / or are involved in this or that
C) I respond to that Love / ENJOY INTIMACY W/ GOD
Take my wife! I could send flowers, write cards - do laundry, buy outfits - but no good if never spent time with her!
A.) No good - mean anything if only gave her 2 hours a week
1.) She wants to be with me! ( some reason)
B.)Surfing in mornings - not there to wake up together
1.) When do - she is so happy!
Guys, the Lord wants our friendship - He wants our communion first and foremost-
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
C) Peter declares our New Privilege all have a ministry We get to do what only the Privileged used to get to do Be used by God
a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
We Serve not out of Obligation or Duty but out of Love
A)What are the spiritual sacrifices that we offer up to the Lord ?