The word "closed" can make your heart drop. Perhaps you were looking forward to visiting a store or seeing an attraction or speaking with someone who had the authority to help you, but instead you came face-to-face with that hope-sinking sign: "CLOSED." And if the store or attraction or office is closed, that means you have no access. Imagine how Jesus’ followers felt when the tomb in which His dead body was laid was closed. Reality set in. They had no access to the One they knew as Teacher, Lord, and Son of God. They had no answer to the guilt that must have overwhelmed them after they all abandoned Him when they said they would not. Do you feel the same at times, perhaps even now? Do you feel like you come to a "CLOSED" sign when you seek God? Do you feel like you have no access to Him, and therefore no answer for your guilt, no help for your problems?
Take a closer look at Jesus’ death. "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." (Matthew 27:51) That curtain was like a "CLOSED" sign that had separated anyone from simply entering into what was called 'the Most Holy Place,' showing that no one could simply enter into the presence of God; our sinfulness makes us unfit to come before Him. But Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins opened the way to life with God. The tomb in which His body was enclosed is open, for Christ is risen! You have access to God, not through a dead sacrifice, but through a living Savior. So now, "We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and LIVING way OPENED FOR US through the curtain, that is, His body." (Hebrews 10:19,20) FROM CLOSED TO OPEN – see how the crucified and risen Savior gives you access to a real, living, lasting, relationship with God!
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.