The moment Christ died everything changed. Even creation knew it and responded. The sun “stopped shining” and the earth shook. Christ’s death accomplished what centuries of animal sacrifice could not: It provided a way for people to be made right with God.
Can you imagine the reaction of the High Priest and the other religious leaders to the scene inside the temple? I’m sure they tore their robes in grief when they saw the torn curtain. The Most Holy Place was no longer hidden! The way had been opened for anyone to enter into the presence of Jehovah.
Before Jesus’ death only the High Priest was allowed to enter God’s presence in the Most Holy Place. Only one man, once a year, could go behind the curtain. But now, every believer can have “confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body” (Heb 10:19-20). Because of this great truth, the author of Hebrews encourages us to “draw near to God.”
What does it mean to “draw near” to God? What attitude should we have when we draw near?