Everyday I enter passwords into security systems on my technology to access my work programs or even just an app on my phone. Some of my passwords are simple numeric codes, others are a combination of twelve characters with letters, numbers, and symbols. If I mistype my passwords I immediately see a notice that tells me my access has been denied. Sometimes, the systems will only allow me three attempts before I am fully locked out. Then I have to contact someone with the authority to allow me another chance to try again.
Passwords keep out those who don’t belong and allow only the privileged, those who are in the know, inside. This is the way life was for everyone in the first century and prior. If you were rich, if you held a position of power, if you were part of the elite, then you had access. Access to food, freedoms, even participation in certain decisions that others would never have.
During the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, Jesus went to the Temple and cleared out the money changers and merchants. It wasn’t that they were bad, it was that they had taken over the area assigned to the Gentiles for prayer. Those who were not able to enter the inner courtyard for prayer because they were not Jewish. The Temple was created for all to come and pray and bring offerings to YHWH, the Lord God Almighty. But somewhere along the way, the Gentiles were “locked out” and not given access to the outer courtyards.
But when Jesus came, He changed things. He said that all should have access, no more passwords were going to be required. Scripture explains, And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life (Matthew 27:50-52). You see, the temple veil separated even the most devout from the place where the Ark of the Covenant rested. The spirit of God was said to dwell in this Shekinah- where the Glory of Glories was to be found.
Jesus death tore the veil in two, from top to bottom. His death and subsequent resurrection gave us the all access password to approach God without an intermediary. No longer were offerings going to be needed. Jesus was the One, the last sacrificial Lamb, who died, once- for all. Through Him, we have salvation, we have hope, we have eternity. We are restored to God, made holy through Jesus’ blood shed for us.
With our day-to-day lives we will always have passwords to apply to systems for access. But, O Best Beloved, Precious Child of God, we need only call out to Jesus. Invite Him into our hearts, to clear out the money-changers and merchants who are trying to sell us a worthless bill of goods. To allow Him to access our hearts, souls, and minds and change them for all eternity.
It’s time for the all access pass, no more passwords.