Throughout human history, billionsÂ of people have looked for a higher being.Â Feeling an inner emptiness, some peopleÂ have sought a spirit or idea that couldÂ give their lives meaning, purpose andÂ comfort for what lies beyond the grave.Â Other people have a sense that we areÂ surrounded by superior but unknownÂ beings and attempt to contact them inÂ trances or by other means. Such attemptsÂ to find God fail because He alone canÂ show us how to come to Him.
In the past God made His purposesÂ known to those who came to HimÂ by faith. Abraham and his offspringÂ had a relationship with God. As aÂ result of that relationship, God wasÂ with the Children of Israel. His gloryÂ dwelt in the temple in Jerusalem forÂ many years. Tens of thousands ofÂ people came to the temple every yearÂ hoping to approach God. However,Â even for these favoured people, GodÂ remained separate. He limited hisÂ physical presence to the innermostÂ and most holy part of the temple thatÂ was separated from the rest of theÂ temple by a heavy curtain. GentilesÂ were barred from the temple courts,Â and Jewish women could not approachÂ beyond the court of the women. EvenÂ the priests were forbidden to enter theÂ most holy place where the presence ofÂ God dwelt.
Godâ€™s intent was for people to enjoyÂ His presence. Nearly 2000 yearsÂ ago, a new way of access to God wasÂ opened through the Lord Jesus ChristÂ when He rose from the dead and wentÂ back to Heaven. No longer does GodÂ confine Himself to a building or aÂ city. He is accessible to all those whoÂ come to Him by faith. This way is notÂ restricted to any nationality, genderÂ or social class but is open to all whoÂ â€œbelieve that He (God) is, and that He isÂ a rewarder of those who diligently seek HimÂ (Hebrews 11:6).
â€œTherefore, brethren, having boldness toÂ enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by aÂ new and living way which He consecratedÂ for us, through the veil, that is, His fleshâ€Â (Hebrews 10:19,20). The priests servingÂ in the temple on the day of Christâ€™sÂ crucifixion were some of the first to seeÂ evidence of the new and living way toÂ God. They saw and heard the curtainÂ that separated them from the holy placeÂ tear from the top to the bottom, as GodÂ showed them this was no longer the wayÂ to access His presence. (Luke 23:45).
Sin is the barrier for people wantingÂ to come into Godâ€™s presence. Our sinÂ must first be removed. On the cross atÂ Calvary, the Lord Jesus experiencedÂ Godâ€™s judgment for the sin of the world.Â Through this sacrifice, God has removedÂ every barrier that could prevent anyoneÂ from coming to Him. However, this newÂ way of access will be of no value to youÂ unless you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you come to God through theÂ Lord Jesus Christ? He claimed â€œI amÂ the way, the truth, and the life. No one comesÂ to the Father except through Meâ€ ( JohnÂ 14:6). When you accept Him as yourÂ Saviour, He will enable you to knowÂ and serve His Father, God. You willÂ have a personal relationship with HimÂ that is meaningful. You will have aÂ clear purpose for living and He willÂ comfort you on your path.
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