When Christ died on the cross for the payment of our sins, a most unusual event occurred in the Tabernacle in Jerusalem The veil was torn from the top down.
"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, 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 curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom" (Matt.27:45-51).
The veil was about 60 feet high, 30 feet wide and four inches thick. To be torn from top down would have been clearly understood as something accomplished only miraculously by God. To be torn from the top down demonstrated that our separation from God was overcome by His grace through Christ.
|Rev. Andrew Frank Whitlock (circa 1980)|