Read Matthew 26:64-68.
As Jesus testified about His identity as the Son of Man figure, the “God-Man” of the book of Daniel, the high priest responded by tearing his clothes. For a long time, I simply considered that as an emotional response, which I am sure it was. However, it was more than that. It was sin.
Read Leviticus 21:10.
As the high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy, he himself went against God’s law, not to mention that he was railing against God’s Son.
Read Matthew 27:50-51.
A few hours after the priest tore his own clothes, God tore the veil of the temple during the ninth hour (v. 46), which was an hour of prayer.
There were a few witnesses to the tearing of the priests clothes, which had implications for his own soul. There were many faithful witnesses to the tearing of the temple’s veil, which has implications on all of our souls.
Jesus is now our high priest forever (Heb. 6:19-20). He does not tear His clothes. In fact, others refused to tear His clothes, choosing to gambled for them instead (John 19:24). But Jesus does remove the veil of the temple, inviting all of the world into the presence of God through His sacrifice.
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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