Tear Down This Wall

Tear down this wall” is a line from a speech made by US President Ronald Reagan in West Berlin on June 12, 1987, calling for the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to open up the barrier (wall) which had divided West and East Berlin since 1961 – Wikipedia. Recently, I met a man from Germany who was there when the wall was torn down. He said that it was an amazing and exciting event to watch families and friends joined together again. Then I thought of the veil of the temple as a wall that for thousands of years had also separated man from God. The veil (wall) was torn down at the death of Christ. “And the veil of the temple was rent (torn) in twain from the top to the bottom” (Mark 15:38). It is as though the Lord said, “Tear down this wall.” Only the High Priest was permitted behind this veil (wall). Also, all Gentiles must remain outside the walls.The veil was a wall of separation. Just as East and West Germany were united by the tearing down of the wall, at Calvary when the veil was torn down, the doors opened for the common man to have direct access to an Almighty God through Christ. “For through him(Jesus Christ) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:18). The wall was torn down and all who are “in Christ” can personally approach the throne of grace without a sacrifice (Heb. 10:26) or high priest. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb.4:16). It was an exciting day when Ronald Reagan said, “Tear Down This Wall.” It was also an exciting day when the veil (wall) was torn down. The Scriptures were fulfilled as Christ became the sacrifice for sin and our access to God. It is even more amazing thatChrist has made it possible for us to personally approach the throne of God and say, “My Father (Abba-Papa).” He then could respond as in Scripture, “Yes, my child. I am here. Trust Me. Talk to Me. I will listen with ears that never close, watch with eyes that never sleep, and comfort you with arms that are always open. I promise that I will never leave or forsake you – Never!” (Heb. 13:5). Thank God for the amazing day that the Wall was torn down!

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