Unrestricted Access to the Father: Part III in a Series
You could try to make your way through the crowd to get to him, but everyone else wanted to be near him, too.
This was a most restricted access.
To get to the Lord, you had to be in the right place at the right time.
Consider the blind man who heard Jesus passing by.
When this man learned who it was, he cried out, "Jesus, heal me, that I may receive my sight."
Only then did Christ restore him.
Or, consider the woman with the issue of blood.
She had to push through a crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.
All the while, everybody else was trying to touch him as well.
There was also the mother of Nain, who led a funeral procession to bury her dead son.
When Jesus crossed her path, he touched the bier and raised the boy from the dead.
Or, think of the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, in the sheep market.
Many sick and afflicted people had gathered there to be healed.
But this one man was in the right place at the right time.
As Jesus passed by him, he healed him as well.
Often you had to calculate or plan ahead of time to get access to the Lord.
Zaccheus did this, climbing a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus.
Four other men solved a similar logistics problem, on behalf of a sick friend.
When they located the crowded building where Christ was teaching, they opened a hole in the roof and lowered their friend right in front of Jesus’ eyes.
Finally, in one sudden, glorious moment, Jesus provided total, unrestricted access to the father.
The Bible says at Golgotha, on a blood-stained cross, "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
"And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom" (Matthew 27:50-51).
At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple in Jerusalem was literally ripped apart.
That’s the moment our distiny was sealed.
In the instant our Lord gave up the ghost, we were given total, unrestricted access to the holy of holies: "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh" (Hebrews 10:19-20).
This tearing of the physical veil represented what took place in the spirit world.
Finally, we were able to enjoy something generation after generation couldn’t.
We had a privilege even Abraham, Moses and David didn’t have.
We have access to the holy of holies, the very throne room of almighty God.
The door was no longer shut to us. Anyone could now see inside and walk in.
Unrestricted access was made possible.
Moreover, at his death, Jesus became our high priest.
He ascended to the New Jerusalem, to a temple not made with hands.
There he took on the role of high priest.
He walked right into the holy presence of God and, with the incense of his own intercessions, presented his blood at the mercy seat.
Then he sat down at the father’s right hand, with all power, might and glory.
At that point, Jesus claimed his covenant right to receive into one spiritual body all who would repent and receive him as Lord.
And he sent the Holy Spirit to issue a call to his children: "I have opened the door to the father. "You are now accepted simply by being in me by faith.
"So, come boldly to the throne.
"I’ll take you into the presence of my father, who is now your father.
"You have unrestricted access to him, day and night."
Here Is the Heartbreak, Pain And Sorrow of Jesus’ Soul.
What is the greatest pain Christ’s soul could ever experience?
I believe it’s that a generation has received full, unrestricted access does not come to him.
For centuries, God’s people begged and pleaded to go through the veil.
They yearned and longed to see the blessing of our day.
The access we now enjoy is the very access Moses yearned for.
It’s the same access David’s heart could see but couldn’t obtain.
It’s the access Daniel never had, though he prayed to the Lord three times a day.
Our forefathers saw this access happening in our day and they rejoiced for us.
Yet we who have been given the right to this wonderful gift take it for granted.
The door has been opened for us, yet we refuse to enter for days and weeks at a time.
What a crime!
Every time we ignore the access Jesus bought for us, casually walking past the door, we take his blood lightly.