by: Pastor Joey Vazquez
Mark 15:38 (NLT) And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
Among the many lessons in life that we learn, one of them is that if you do good, then you get rewarded. If you study hard in school, you will get the reward of good grades, with perhaps even accolades from your instructors. If you are a diligent worker, you will probably be a candidate for a higher position at your job. Good behavior is generally rewarded in our society. That's why everything about God totally confounds us. The prime example is what happened after Jesus was crucified on the cross. The most heinous crime ever perpetrated by mankind was committed on that day when the people that Jesus came to save turned on their Creator and not only hung Him on a cross but beat and flogged Him beyond recognition while mocking and ridiculing Him. According to all that we have learned from the time that we were born, that is rightful cause for not only punishment, but for the total destruction of humanity as we know it. But what actually happened when Jesus finally gave up His Spirit on the cross? The curtain separating all people from God's presence was torn from top to bottom!
Could it be that the worst thing that could ever be done by human beings in attempting to destroy their Creator would wind up being their very salvation? The answer, astoundingly, is YES! The intention of the people who crucified Jesus was to finally do away with this Savior, but what they wound up doing was fulfilling His mission of salvation for all that would receive it, including even those who committed this seemingly unforgivable sin. With the exhalation of the last breath that Jesus took on the cross, sin was atoned for, which was the very thing that was causing the separation between God and the beings that He created in His image. It proved His love for us, but it went beyond the definition of love as we know it. The love that was exhibited by God through His plan to save mankind is unfathomable. It is too high, too wide, too deep and too long to fully comprehend it. But then again, if we would be able to comprehend it, it couldn't have been God who demonstrated it. God is God because He is unlimited, unexplainable, indescribable and incomprehensible. That just goes right along with the fact that the grossest and vilest sin that human beings could have committed was foreseen and therefore planned by our God all along so that He could have the people that He loved in fellowship with Him once again. The greatest crime in the history of the world produced the greatest blessing of salvation that the world has ever known, and we are the beneficiaries of it. Praise Almighty God, our Abba Father, for His ways that are past finding out. Blessed be His Name!
Pastor Joey Vazquez