The Temple Curtain Was Torn

38 The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “This man was certainly God’s Son.” (Mark 15:38-39, CEB)

Ronald Kernaghan offers some thoughts on the curtain in his commentary on Mark in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series. The curtain may have been the one in Herod’s temple that was the outer curtain that kept Jewish women and all Gentiles from the center of worship. The word “torn” is the same word used in 1:10 that describes the heavens being torn open at the baptism of Jesus. At the end of the Gospel the curtain of the temple was torn open, top to bottom, and the Gentiles were granted full access to the worship of the living God. One clue to this scenario is the confession of the Roman centurion when the veil is torn.

This day, this weekend, is an incredible weekend for us as believers.

We come aside to remember the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. He took our sins. The work is done.

We now wait for the HOPE of the resurrection.

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