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The profound accessibility of a living God

Dark, candle-lit hallways adorn the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus’ death and burial in Jerusalem. My son, Nate, did not fully understand what we were visiting but he did like the candles being lit by others as they prayed.

Holy Sepulchre

A shrouded area

After seeing the location where many people believe Jesus was crucified, we went to the shrouded area marked as His burial place. The gothic edifice monitored by the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Apostolic churches is an interesting place.

An interior chamber

The Aedicule, the structure built on top of Jesus’ tomb, has two rooms that can hold only 4 or 5 people. We entered the first room and waited for others to be ushered out of the interior area. Nate and I entered the innermost chamber with a couple of other people. They knelt at the altar and prayed.

Access Everywhere

After we walked out Nate asked, “Dad, why didn’t we pray in there?”

I replied,

Because we can pray to God anywhere. There is no difference if we pray to Jesus in our home or in that small room.”

“Oh, okay!” My 5-year old was satisfied with the answer.

Holy of Holies

I never cease to be amazed how God sent His Son to die on a cross that we might have direct access to Him, regardless of location.

Matthew records what happened upon Jesus’ death. “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.” (Mathew 27:50, 51)

The curtain was tore in two, separating the main sanctuary from the Holy of Holies. The place was only accessible to the high priest, where he presented the needs of the people. Meaning, they could not have direct access to God.

Jesus broke down the barrier. With His death and resurrection we come directly to God. We can pray at home, in the car, or at a place dedicated to worship. All locations are equally significant because the Holy Spirit abides in you. You have become His temple.

The challenge

Take time to consider the cost Christ paid for your access to God. Thank the Father for sending His Son. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross. Thank the Holy Spirit for filling the temple of your heart.

We should never take for granted our access to the Creator of heaven and earth. Talk to Him daily. Through Jesus you have been given a wonderful opportunity.

How do you take advantage of your access to God?

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