When Moses erected the Tabernacle, he put up the veil that separated the ark of the covenant from the rest of the space where regular people could go. That veil symbolized how our sins have separated us from God. We read of this separation often during the Old Testament. Only the priests could enter the Holy of Holies at special times. They wore bells on their robes so that people on the other side of the veil could hear them moving around. They also had a rope tied to one foot. If God was unhappy with them or the sacrifices they were offering, he struck them dead, the bells would stop ringing and they could be pulled out of the Holy of Holies by the rope.
The priests considered it an honor to be picked to go into the Holy of Holies because it took them into the very presence of God.
The Good News is that Jesus came and, through his death on the cross and resurrection, he provided a bridge for us to God. We are no longer separated from God by our sins. We are always right there, with God.
At the moment Christ died on the cross, the Bible tells us that the curtain in the temple tore in two – from top to bottom. The separation was over.
When we accept God’s gift of grace, we can now have a personal relationship with him. We can come before his throne with confidence that we are adopted sons and daughters of the King of the Universe.
And we know the end of the story. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our eternal life with God begins and it will continue on into eternity. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.