October 30, 2020
129. Week of Sixth Sunday in Lent - Tuesday
Veil of Holy of Holies rent in two
          By his own blood He entered once only into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.   Hebrews 9:12
          The innermost part of the Temple at Jerusalem, the Holy of Holies, contained the Ark of the Covenant with the table of the Law. This Ark of the Covenant as covered with the mercy-seat and the cherubim, between whose extended wings the Shekinah appeared, the cloud which manifested the presence of the glory of the Lord. Into this Holy of Holies, which was shut off from view by a veil, or curtain, no man dared enter, except the high priest, and he only once a year, on the great Day of Atonement, when he bore the typifying blood of atonement. By this the Holy Spirit indicated that Christ, the true Atoner, had not yet come and finished His work of atonement. When Jesus died, this great, thick, heavy veil which hung before the Holy of Holies was rent in two from top to bottom by unseen hands. And in this way the Holy Spirit plainly indicated that Christ had now come and had finished His work of atonement, and that Jesus, the Crucified, is this Christ. Yes, Jesus has reconciled us to God; by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, that is to say, He appeared before God whom we had offended, having obtained eternal salvation for us. And now every sinner can come to God in Jesus' name and cheerfully say: "Abba, Father!"- And something else happened when Jesus died. The earth quaked, the rocks slit open, the graves around Jerusalem were opened, and many bodies of the saints of God that slept arose and came out of their graves; and after His resurrection they went into the Holy City, as Jerusalem was called, and appeared to many. Thereby, too, the Holy Spirit plainly indicated that Christ had now come and had finished His work of atonement and eternal redemption, and that Jesus, the Crucified, is this Christ. The earth, this great burying-ground, shall no longer be able to retain us. We who believe in Jesus shall rise, and see one another, and be reunited with one another. And even this old earth, which God has cursed because of our sins, shall become new. The holy seer says: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away." (Rev. 21:1.)
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, true High Priest, Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, I thank You that You have come, and by Your all-propitiating blood did once appear before the face of God, and obtained eternal salvation for us. I thank You that You did rend the veil of guilt which separated me from God. I thank You that in Your name I may come to God and may call Him Father. I thank You that You have procured for me the resurrection from the dead and eternal bliss in heaven. Keep me in true faith, my Lord and Saviour! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 30, 2020