”Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart…” — Matthew 27:50-51
A wall just came down in our church. The choir has grown to the point that it’s really uncomfortable in the practice room. Body heat and breath keep it hot in the summer and numbers have kept it cramped. Continued growth is impossible so in order to keep the momentum and vitality, a wall had to come down.
There are so many good things that God wants to do in our lives. He’s got the love, peace and meaning that we’ve been looking for all our lives; but there’s this wall. It’s keeping us from so much God wants to give us.
You can tell if there’s something between you and your Creator. We can almost feel the wall, the disconnection, the distance. The Bible explains that wall in Isaiah 59:2 when it says, “Your iniquities (that’s every wrong thing you’ve ever done) have separated you from your God.” We were supposed to do our life God’s way. Instead, we’ve done what we wanted. Because of that, there is a wall between us and the God we were made for. If that wall is there when we take our last breath, it is there forever. And the Bible calls that Hell.
Top to bottom – that means God Himself tore open the curtain – the wall, if you will – that separated mankind from Him. Jesus had paid the death penalty for the sinning you and I have done – so we don’t ever to have to have a wall between us and God again.
The day the Germans tore down the Berlin Wall, 100,000 people chanted four words in the city square – “The wall is gone! The wall is gone!” You could say that today – about the wall that’s separated you from God all these years. If you’ll put all your trust in the only One who can take that wall down – Jesus, He died to remove it. That means abandoning all your trust in your religion, your goodness, any other hope and saying, “Jesus, you’re my only hope. And I’m Yours, beginning right here and right now.”