Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'And behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.' Matt 27:57

I was recently meditating on this story in Matthew's Gospel 17:24.  Christ paid tax that every Jew had to pay.  He told Peter to take a coin out of the mouth of the first fish he drew out of the water.  This coin (half a shekel), was as a ransom unto the Lord.  It was known as redemption money for the soul of each man.  It was also a tax paid for temple services.

How ludicrous that the Lord of Glory had to pay redemption money or temple taxes.  He was Lord of the temple and brought redemption to us!

Yet it wasn't the right time to debate or to refuse those who opposed His work.  In His own beautiful words 'lest we should offend them.' Matt 17:27 .  He paid what was asked of Him.

There would come a moment when He would pay the ultimate price.  He would pay for redemption with His own life, the rending of the veil of the temple with His own blood.  The temple no longer closed or barred, but now He has opened 'a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil of His flesh.'  Hebrews 10:20

What a gracious example He is for us.  The Lord of Glory, who gave so graciously in the face of such fierce hatred, and humbled Himself to be made 'perfect through suffering.'  Hebrews 2:10