The very moment that Jesus died, something incredible happened. The veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. This veil was estimated to be 60 feet high and 4 inches thick. This was of great significance. The veil separated the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place, where God’s presence dwelt, from the rest of the Temple. People could not remain in God’s presence because of their sin, just as Adam could no longer remain in the Garden because of his. The Temple, and before that the Tabernacle of Moses, was a place set apart for worship and sacrifice to God. When Moses received the ten commandments on Mt. Sinai, he also received instructions on how to build the Tabernacle and all its furnishings, Exodus 25:8-9.
There were three sections: The Outer Court, The Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies). There was one piece of furniture in the Holy of Holies and that was the Ark of the Covenant. The lid or the top of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat or Seat of Atonement. One day a year, only the High Priest after cleaning himself could pass by the veil and enter the Holy of Holies. He would sprinkle the sacrificial blood of animals on to the Mercy Seat to atone for the sins of the people. This ceremony was repeated year after year because it was never able to permanently provide the perfect cleansing for man’s sins. Scripture says the earthly tabernacle made by hands was a mere copy of what was in Heaven. For in Heaven, Jesus entered into God’s presence and performed the final atonement of our sins by placing His own blood on the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Holy of Holies!
Listen to this: 24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.“ Hebrews 9:24-26 NLT.
The veil was not torn by human hands! God tore it wide open the moment Jesus died allowing all those who call Jesus Savior to come into His presence with no fear of death. Our slate of sin was wiped clean and there’s no more barrier between us and the Father because of Jesus!
Hebrews 9:11-12 (NLT)
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
Hebrews 10:1-2 (NLT)
1 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.
Hebrews 10:10 (NLT)
“10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”