Friday, December 12th, 2014
The Rent Veil
The rending of this veil at the time of Christ’s death was not an accident caused by the earthquake. It was part of the symbolism — the end, the completion of it. Men were no longer to be excluded from God’s presence, since the great sacrifice had now been made. The separating wall had been broken down by Christ’s death. Hence the symbol of this separation was also removed. This rending of the veil was therefore a supernatural act, teaching that the way of access to God was now and for ever open to all.
The fact that the veil was rent from top to bottom (that is, torn in two pieces) signifies that the way is entirely opened — the veil is clean gone; the Holiest of all stands wide open with its mercy-seat accessible to every sinner, without the intervention of any earthly priest. The time at which this rending took place is important. It was just after Christ had died — after he had cried, “It is finished.” It was because the great atonement was now made that the way was opened; as soon as the sacrifice had been made, the way to God was thrown open to all.