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Through The Veil

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Gwen Smith

March 18, 2014

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Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that changed the course of his life. My family and I watched in agony as his health faded away and his future evaporated. He was just days away from dying when a donated organ provided a way for him to live. Dad received the gift of life as a transplant recipient.

Tragically, in order for my dad to live, someone else had to die. While our family rejoiced at this priceless provision, another family mourned the passing of one they loved. It was a bittersweet exchange… an amazing gift… wonderful and horrible at the very same time.

Dad Brad 2013

Dad Mom Me 2013

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Krystal Dad Kennedy Laughing 12 12

There’s no greater gift than life!

Now that Easter is around the corner, we have time to consider and celebrate the beautiful brokenness that Jesus endured so that we could receive the gift of eternal life. Full life. Life filled with forgiveness, grace, mercy and the presence of God. The Bible sums it up this way, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Some 2000 years ago, Jesus went to the cross and took on death. Through Him, a new and living way was created for us to be reconciled to the holy heart of God. At the very moment of Christ’s death, across the city of Jerusalem – in the temple – the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Most Holy Place was torn from top to bottom…from God to man. Because Jesus laid down his perfect life for our imperfect lives, the barriers between God’s presence and us no longer exist. We can be forgiven.

This was the greatest exchange of all time. He died so we could live. Through the curtain, which is the body of Christ, we now have access to the presence of God. In the Old Testament, only the high priests could enter the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy place), and when they did, it was with great trepidation. Because of Christ, we can go to God personally…with confidence of His love for us.

I’ve heard it said that, “We are far more sinful than we can possibly imagine and far more loved than we can possibly accept.”

How does this affect you? How does this pivotal moment in history, this “veil rending” influence the way you live? Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Have you accepted this great exchange personally? Have you asked God to forgive your sins and wipe away the mistakes of your past? The gift of life, through Jesus Christ, is free. Turn to Him now. God is waiting with open arms.  Roman’s 10:9 tells us “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Nothing you have ever done is too big or too bad for God’s forgiveness! 

If you are ready to turn to Him now, pray with me:  “Dear God, I confess that I have done many things wrong – the Bible calls it sin and I’m guilty. Would you please forgive me? I believe in my heart that Jesus is Your Son and that He lived, died, and rose again. Would you give me your gift of eternal life and teach me what it means to follow you?  Thank you, Lord.  In Jesus’s name, amen.”

If you prayed that prayer for the first time, or perhaps re-dedicated your heart to God today, would you please let me know. We would love to pray for you.

Grace deserves a response, friend. Let’s go to Him now with worship on our lips and thankfulness on our hearts. In the presence of God we are continually renewed, rejuvenated and refreshed.

While studying the book of Hebrews, the Lord inspired me to write this song. Please read the lyric then click the link below to worship along with me:

Through The Veil
by Gwen Smith
(Hebrews 10:19-23)

Through the veil there’s a new and living way
Through the curtain, welcome to the Holy Place
Though we once were separated, we are now invited in
Through the veil, through the blood, come to Him
Through the veil, through the blood, enter in

The Holy Place is open, come and worship
The Lamb for sinners slain is King of all
We praise and glorify the Lord before His mighty throne
Through the veil, through the blood, come to Him
Through the veil, through the blood, enter in

LET’S PRAY: Dear Lord, You are amazing! Thank you for offering forgiveness and mercy through the great exchange of Jesus. It is a miracle that I can come to You with a heart that is pure. Your love is extravagant and I cannot say thank you enough. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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RESPONSE TIME:  Is there an area of your life that needs ‘transplanted?’ Do you know that God can forgive anything you have done? Got a story or fresh thoughts about grace? Leave a comment below.

Thanks for doing life with me!

Gwen

 

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About Gwen Smith


Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

 

6 responses to “Through The Veil”

  1. Gwen,

    I read Girlfriends inIt God every day. Today’s message truly hit home as my husband also received a life-saving transplant 9 years ago. He suffered from an auto-immune disease and through God’s grace, he had his life-saving surgery on January 15, 2004. Every year we celebrate this miracle and also pray for the family that lost their loved one. Through their unselfish act, my husband has been given new life. As the Psalmists says in Psalm 118:24; “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” REJOICE!

  2. myshininglights says:

    Gwen, thanks for your writings today, for your strength to tell your story, and for your beautiful song. My husband and I have been going through a rough time for quite some time now. You have been a soothing balm to my spirit today. Praising God for his blessings.

  3. Kathryn Van Dorp says:

    Gwen: This song is as beautiful as “Broken into Beautiful” which I have been trying to purchase the cd for a few months. When we travelled to the states (yes, I’m in Canada) we couldn’t even access your “Uncluttered” Cd there. I had really hoped to encourage a friend and member of our church who has suffered from depression for a great many years……..We are all Broken into Beautiful when we come to Him and I thank the Lord for your obedience. I am not that computer savvy so if you know where and how I could purchase a copy that would be great. Many many blessings to others through you. Kathryn

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Hi, Kathryn.

      Thanks for the encouragement! So sorry that you haven’t been able to get my cd anywhere. You can actually get it on my store – right here on my site. Here’s the link: http://www.gwensmith.net/store/

      Or, if you prefer a digital download, you can buy the songs on iTunes or Amazon.com. Hope that helps! Blessings to you too!

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