'At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.' Matthew 27:51 NIV
Thirdly, the cross symbolises redemption. Jesus is our Saviour: he has redeemed us. The Bible says: 'There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved' (Acts 4:12 NLT). Without Jesus' death, our sins would have separated us from God forever. Because Jesus fulfilled every requirement of God's law on our behalf, we are forgiven and declared righteous. The apostle Peter wrote, 'He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on' (1 Peter 2:24 TLB).
When Jesus died: 'At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom' (Matthew 27:51 NIV). This symbolised that the barrier between us and God, built from our sin, had been removed. Jesus' death saved us from a life of sin and shame, and opened up a life where we can personally come to God and enter his presence. Before the curtain was torn, only certain people were allowed into the holiest place of the Tabernacle - where they could meet with God (see Exodus 40).
Thanks to Jesus' sacrifice, we've been redeemed. We're no longer condemned, but instead accepted and forgiven.
So what now? Write down some of your mistakes and regrets. Then rip the paper in two, from top to bottom, to remind you that these things don't stop you from being loved by God, or accepted into his presence.
Soulfood: Lev 8-10, Matt 27:33-44, Ps 49, Pro 10:1-2