“Can I pray directly to God? I feel so unworthy,” says the patient sitting across from me in the WWV medical clinic in Haiti. My heart skipped a beat as I remembered the words from Matthew 27 I had read in my quiet time at the guesthouse just that morning. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:50-51
The significance of that one sentence is astounding.
This Easter, we celebrate that Jesus is not only the sacrifice and payment for our sin, the One who was crucified, died, and rose again, but also our Great High Priest. The curtain that once separated God’s presence from His people, only to be entered once per year by the High Priest, was torn from top to bottom. Easter opened the way for us to come to God. “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God… Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14,16
As we celebrate Easter, let’s thank God that He opened a way for us to come to Him through Jesus Christ. Let’s also thank Him that He uses us as His ambassadors to share this good news with others. On this Easter we pray for more opportunities for each of us to bless others as Christ’s hands and feet in Haiti and at home. In this case, that opportunity meant that one woman who came to clinic for medical care left with the wonderful news of Easter’s impact in her life. Praise God!