All Access Pass.
Ever had one of those?
It lets you go everywhere, see everything, do anything – it lets you go where only the VIP’s go. It gets you access to the stars…
I can remember a time when I had an "All Access Pass." It was at my dad’s job.
My dad owned his own business. It was a wholesale plumbing and heating supply company. It was the coolest place ever. There were aisles and aisles of little bins full of every sort of pipe you can imagine. There was a hidden loft where all the faucets were kept. There was an open warehouse in the back yard where boxes and boxes of water heaters, and toilets, and sinks were kept.
My dad’s place was a child’s wonderland!
My brother and I would visit all the time. We’d play "hide and seek" among the boxes. We’d go exploring into all the nooks and crannies of the aisles. We’d sit on the loading dock and watch the trucks come and go.
In the back, there was a "Will Call" counter with a gate that said "Employees Only."
Well, I made sure that I always went through that gate when I went to visit my dad. I didn’t do it in a prideful way – I did it because it made me feel really special, really lucky.
I did it because I could…
That was the best part of all. I could – because the boss was my dad.
And I loved that privilege!
Today’s "Bible Pick ‘Ems" reminded me of this story.
"He made the Most Holy Place…Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen…" (2 Chronicles 3:8a, 14a)
Solomon was in the midst of building the most beautiful Temple. It was a glorious spectacle. An amazing architectural achievement. It was a monument of worship to the one true God.
And in the middle of the Temple was the Most Holy Place. A small room that contained the Ark of the Covenant. A small room that was filled with the glory of the LORD’s presence.
It was the most sacred spot on earth for the Jews. Only the high priest could enter it – and that was only on one day of each year to atone for the sins of the people. Their only access to God was through the high priest.
Until…one day…when something – Someone – changed all that.
That’s the sound of that same curtain, the one that closed off the Most Holy Place from view, being torn down the middle.
At the death of Jesus, the barrier between God and humanity was split in two. Now all people were given the privilege of approaching God directly through Christ.
We were given an "All Access Pass."
We have the awesome privilege of going in the "Employees Only" gate – because our Father is the boss!
He knows us by name – we’re His kids!
I don’t know about you – but that makes me feel really special, really lucky.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place."
(Today I am linked with Spiritual Sundays, hosted by Charlotte and Ginger, and Super Sunday, hosted by Peggy)
"When in doubt, search God out!"