A long time ago, a man named Solomon built a temple where people could worship God. Solomon's temple was big and beautiful, but what made it truly special was that it included the Most Holy Place - a place just for God. And to divide this Most Holy Place from the rest of the temple, Solomon used a curtain.
He made the curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim worked into it. 2 Chronicles 3:3.
Solomon's temple would be destroyed and rebuilt before Jesus was born, but when it was rebuilt, the curtain remained. You see, the curtain was there to remind people that there was something in between them and God. The curtain was a symbol of their sin, the thing that was keeping them from God.
But when Jesus died, the curtain was torn in two.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in from of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15:37-39
Remember that the curtain divided the Most Holy Place, the special place for God, from everyone else. Remember that the curtain was a symbol of sin, the thing that divided people from God. And when Jesus died, all of that changed.
Jesus died so that every sin could be forgiven - my sins, your sins, the sins of everyone who has ever lived and ever will live. He took the punishment for all of them. So, when Jesus died, sin no longer divided God from his people. The curtain was no longer needed.
If you feel like there is still a curtain between you and God, remember that Jesus split it in two. If God seems far away, he isn't. You can talk to him anytime. You can sit with him anytime. He is with you...and Jesus made that possible.
Read Hebrews 10:19-25. How does the author describe life without a curtain between God and us? How does this description make you feel?
Create a piece of art to show the curtain torn in two. You can paint or draw, or you can make 3D art with fabric and/or other materials.
Take a prayer walk this week. You can walk anywhere, and you can talk to God about anything. Just enjoy being with God, knowing that Jesus has made that possible.