Most of us have heard the saying that’s the best thing since sliced bread at one time or another in our lives. You have to admit: sliced bread is pretty awesome. Simply open the bag, pull out your slices, and viola! You’re ready to make your sandwich. It is accessible, cheap, and can be filling.
I am convinced that there is something that is much better than sliced bread. There is something that is much more accessible, it is free, and it is more fulfilling than anything you could imagine. That “thing” I am talking about is salvation through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord and God of the world.
Back in the Old Testament days, the Holy of Holies was where the presence of God dwelt among His people. It was separated from the rest of the tabernacle by a veil. Nobody could enter into this special place unless you were the high priest, and he could only enter on Yom Kippur after washing, putting on special clothing, and having incense and blood from sacrifices to atone for the peoples’ sins. God was very difficult to gain access to.
Then Jesus came along. He lived a sinless life and offered Himself as our sacrifice. The Bible says, “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Matthew 27:50, 51). This tearing of the veil – the one thing physically keeping people out of the presence of God – symbolizes that the Holy of Holies is now open to anybody who wishes to come in. We no longer need a high priest to go to God for us. We can go to God ourselves, no matter where we are or what we happen to be doing. God is always waiting for us and willing to listen to us.
This access to God that we now have is free for every single person: no matter whether we have lived the most despicable life or not. Jesus Christ already paid the price of our sins. He died so that we may go to God freely and without fear of being punished for our past sins by a vengeful God, but only as long as we ask Him to forgive us.
Above all, the access that we have is the most satisfying thing that you could ever hope to have. Each and every one of us is searching for things that make us happy. It could be anything from an escape from reality for a while, or something that fills a void inside of us. It seems that the harder we try to fill this hole in our life, the faster that it empties out. There is only one thing that will continually fill this void that we have, and that is the presence of God Himself.
If you are tired of living an empty life, of searching for the one thing that will give you the fulfillment that you have been seeking for, why not give God a try? Simply go to Him, right where you are, and tell Him whatever it is that you need to. Ask him to fill that void in your life and to forgive you for the mistakes that you have made in your life. He is willing, He is waiting, and above all, it is free for each and every one of us.