Thursday, October 5, 2017

Accessing the Inaccessible

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 
And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; 
and the earth shook and the rocks were split.  
Matthew 27: 50-51, NASB

I sometimes think we overlook that remarkable fact...the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

The veil, which for centuries had isolated the "holy" from the "unholy" was no longer separating us from God.

The veil, which secured off the common person from direct access to God was ripped supernaturally; shredded by unseen hands.  

The veil, made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen-the veil, which hid the ark of the covenant law from all unholy people, NOW served no purpose because WE now had direct access to the THE HOLY GOD.

As parents of children or adults with disabilities, we want our kids to have ACCESS, right?  I've written before about the difficulties that I've run into at camps or large public arenas when we have our daughter who is blind with us.  It can be so frustrating to see her struggle, and it is physically taxing!  

However, as I read through a devotional last week, this line struck a cord with me.  

The veil was torn.
Jesus made the inaccessible ACCESSIBLE. 
And THIS accessibility is the one that REALLY counts:  ACCESS TO THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.

I know, I know...we are still HERE on EARTH and we still struggle with our accessibility issues.  We worry, we weep and we work ourselves to the bone trying to level the playing field for our kids.

But we can talk to God about it...directly to God...not through a saint, not through a person who has "been a Christian forever"...NO, WE ALL can have direct access to God because the veil was torn when Jesus gave up his life for us.

We will get turned down for life insurance.
We will get left off the invitation list for birthday parties and weekend get-aways.
We will get tired of the monotony of doing things "the same way" simply because it's the ONLY way that works for us with accessibility limitations.

But God promises us that the first shall be last and the last first in Heaven. (Matthew 20:6)
He promises that He comforts those who mourn. (Matthew 5:4)
He promises that we will reap what we have planted so we should not grow tired of doing what we can to help our children gain access here on earth. (Galatians 6:9)

Yes, as a body of Believers, we need to stand tall on these promises from God because the world will not allow us easy access to life...but God allows us access something even more amazing...
Will you pray with me?

Heavenly Father, I know that I struggle daily with the idea of "fairness" and "accessibility" here on earth. I know that I absorb the cultural narrative of what we "deserve" and that we are owed certain things just for being us. Please help me BREATHE in YOUR WORD and let it overwhelm me so it becomes the only truth I know. Thank you for giving us unlimited access to YOU through Jesus Christ, your son. Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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