April 22, 2019

“Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened.” Matthew 27: 50-51
The second week of our Torn series is looking deeper into how God tore the veil between us and Him when Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. Back in Biblical times, only the highest priest could be in God’s presence behind the thickest and heaviest made curtain which led into a room named the Holiest of Holies. Pastor Brandon delivered a message of The Purpose, The Power, and The Promise God has granted us. So, we may be free from our shame- to love others as He loved us and spend all eternity with Him.
The first passage spoken Sunday morning was Matthew 21:1-11. When reading the Bible, sometimes questioning certain aspects of the reading can allow us to truly understand and learn the Word. In Matthew 21: Why the donkey? Why the palm branches? Why the Cross? These questions help us acknowledge the Purpose, Power, and Promise!

The Purpose 2 Corinthians 5:21
God had to send a sacrifice to die on the cross in victory, to save us from eternal death and sin. Jesus came to be our highest priest forevermore; a moment of reflection of the price that was paid, not the sins that had been made.
1 Corinthians 15:55, 1 Peter 2:24

The Power
The donkey is also known as a symbol of power and humility. This animal Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem on was a fulfillment of prophecy, a strong and powerful animal of humility yet displaying peace.
Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 27:46
Jesus cried out, speaking for us out of hurt and anguish. That should have been us. That was a sacrifice for us to be in God’s presence.

The Promise Romans 10:9
Jesus will change your heart if you allow scripture to tear your heavy and thick curtain. The palm branches represent victory, triumph, and peace. The people filled the roads of Jerusalem with these branches to celebrate the victory God has promised us from His son.
Romans 7:21-23 You are no longer a slave to sin, if you allow yourself to tear your curtain from God and represent Him just as Jesus represented us.
“If God sees us like Jesus is, do we still act like we’re on the other side of the curtain until we get to Heaven?”
The veil is torn for you.
He brings us peace, and hope, and victory.
He gave us entry to be set apart and reflect Jesus! Amen!!

Brandon Lien - April 14, 2019

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Katelynn Wilson

Katelynn is a quirky cat lover, catch phrase creator, and currently a Speech and Theatre Education major at Missouri State University. She has a new found passion for Jesus Christ and hasn’t hesitated to share it with the world!

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