Just one week after Easter, the work of Christ on the cross is fresh in our minds. But for sure, the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection is what we live in on a daily basis, all year round.
As much as the children of Israel were God’s special and chosen people, they did not enjoy the privilege of His presence. Yes, God was with them. But entering His direct presence was the privilege of a chosen few. Only the High Priest could go behind the veil into the temple’s holy place.
When Christ breathed his last on the cross, the temple veil was torn, giving direct access to the holy of holies. Jesus became the new high priest, our intermediary, and the only way into God’s presence. Because of Jesus’ death, a path for accessing the Father was prepared for the nation of Israel — and for all of us!
Entering the office of great men and women in the world can be very difficult. One must go through many hurdles (read: secretaries and protocol) in order to reach a CEO, a political leader, or even some pastors!
Jesus is now in the throne room, sitting right next to the Father. And we are also permitted to sit with him there (Eph 2:6). Do we take this privilege for granted? Do we intentionally acknowledge and utilize the permission to be positioned before God’s throne?
Sitting in the heavenly places with Christ is my very favorite spot in all of earth and heaven! Thank you, Jesus, for opening the way.