THERE IS NO MORE ENTITLEMENT
I went to go get a shower this morning and as I stepped into the tub the shower curtain fell down. I said out loud, "Really, I don't need this. What is this about?" Be careful what you ask about.
Instantly I received an image from the Lord of the split Jewish Temple Curtain between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Then the Holy Spirit started downloading a message to me.
The Holy Spirit said, "That shower curtain falling was analogous to the Jewish Temple Curtain in the Holy of Holies being split from top to bottom when Christ gave up His life for ALL." While it is not a perfect one-for-one analogy -- not everybody now has access to me while I am showering, THANK GOD -- everybody does have access to Father God through faith in Christ's sacrifice and resurrection since then.
The message is to not take for granted, but to take advantage of direct access to God's Throne, His Immediate and Glorious Presence. We do not require a human priest to confess our mistakes for our forgiveness. That priest did NOT die for our sins and rise again on the third day. The only Mediator between God and man is Christ Jesus, The Lord (1 Timothy 2:5).
During a long stint of time there was only the Jewish people as God's People. The Hebrews were God's nation on earth, whether planted or traveling. In addition, these people were made up of tribes which had among their ranks a Priestly Tribe - the Tribe of Levi. So, even among Israel, a called-out-people, you had Priests, called-out-people - who took care of everything concerning God's Tabernacle or Presence on earth. In this duty or calling they had entitlement.
The Priests of God were the only ones who were authorized to touch and care for the articles of The Tabernacle and later The Temple. The High Priests were the only ones who could enter the Holy of Holies once a year to offer a sacrifice for the nation's faults against God.
However, once Jesus came and died on The Cross as the sacrificial Lamb and our High Priest rolled into one - His blood and resurrection atoned for not only the nation of Israel forever, but for whosoever would believe in Him for eternity. God made the rules - blood sacrifice for sin - and He played by His own rules by sending His own Word in flesh, Jesus Christ to secure our eternity.
That ripping of the curtain put an Exclamation Point on what Christ accomplished on The Cross. It began the manifestation of the many other names Christ Jesus is described as - The Door, The Gate, The Way, and Our High Priest. My faith celebrates today and every day that There Is No More Entitlement.