Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah." Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them said, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him." And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" - Matthew 27:45-54 NASB
The good part of Good Friday is in Matthew 27:51: "the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." This is a clear picture of what was happening in the heavenly realm. It illustrates that everyone now has full access to the Holy of Holies. We can come into God's presence at any time, all the time, in fact, right now! As the song says, "Just as I am, without one plea... I come." On the cross, a great 'swap' took place; Jesus took our sin and we received His righteousness and His access into the presence of Father God. This was the best 'trade' anyone could ever make, and it was the Father's idea! Enjoy God's presence right now! (How? Start by praising Him.) Psalm 16:11 says, "In Your presence is fullness of joy..." He wants you to come to Him.
By Larry Carroll
This is Larry’s entry in our prayer journal. Along with being a fellow elder and blogger, Larry is my closest friend. You might enjoy his ‘encouragements’ posted on his blog, Encouragements.