TD Jakes - Access Granted
Any day of the year and anybody that sinned, which was everybody, could be in the outer court. So, you see all kind of people out here, all kinds of crowds of people, all tables set up to get your lambs ready and your turtledoves. Turtledoves is what poor people gave because they didn't have the money to give. The lambs are the scapegoats. The higher the sacrifice, the higher the resource of the family, but everybody gave something. They killed it at the brazen altar. They washed up at the laver. Anybody could do that. But when you started going in here, you have to be a priest. To eat from the table of showbread, to keep the lamps burning, to offer at the altar a prayer through incense, you had to be a priest.
But this back here, nobody went in there except one day a year on the day of atonement, the priest would go in one day out of the year on the day of atonement and offer up sacrifice for sins. And it appeased God for a year. Notice what I said, it appeased him. Why did I say that? 'Cause it didn't please him, it only appeased him. It held off judgment because this is a shadow. And you can never be pleased through a shadow. When you got married, you didn't take your husband's shadow home. "You can stay in the car, I'm going to take your shadow". Some of y'all wish you had. You can never be pleased through a shadow.
Once a year, they would go beyond the veil on the day of atonement and offer up sacrifice for sins. And it was through that once a year experience that they had the power with God. That you must understand that God visited for the purpose that he might stay in contact. It's like a lover who's gone to war in Iraq and you can't see each other often, but every now and then you FaceTime, or you call on the phone, and you find different manners to keep your relationship going in spite of the distance. The Tabernacle is the rendezvous spot. Put up my night image of the Tabernacle. It's the rendezvous spot. See, back there in that third dimension where we couldn't go, look at the light going all the way up into the heavens. That light is called shekinah glory. And all around it are the camps of Dan and Gad and Naphtali and Issachar and Benjamin. All of them are gathered around.
Levi is functioning inside because he's a priest, but all the other tribes are gathered around the outside. The masses of people would come in the outer court. The priests would come in the inner court. And only once a year do you get to go back here, where the heavens opened up and the glory reaches up to heaven, that is shekinah glory. This is what God calls a dating place. It's a hanging out room. It's where lovers meet.
But we can't go past the curtain even here, because what was a flaming sword in the book of Genesis becomes a hanging curtain in the book of Exodus. It's a restriction. You can only go so far. With the blood of bullocks and goats, you can only go so far. With the blood of sacrificial lambs, you can only go so far. I'll bring you to the veil, but I won't bring you through the veil. You can only go so far. And when you go to the edge, you'll hear God saying, "Access denied, access denied, access denied," because the price was not sufficient to open up a new and living way to pay the price for your freedom. I'll visit you, but we can't hang out together 'cause access is denied. Shout hallelujah.
Now, go back to Exodus 26:1 through 3. "Moreover, thou shalt make the Tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them. The length of the one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits. And every one of the curtains shall have one measure. The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another, and another five curtains shall be coupled one to another". Everything's connected. Read that last verse, isn't there a last verse in there? Verse 8, "The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits. And the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure".
So the think of the word that the Bible used. They were skillfully made. The artisans and craftsmen had to work for months and months to make these curtains. I tried to find how thick they were because the Bible talks about how long and how high they are, cubits being about a foot and a half. So, if you take a foot and a half and multiply it by how many cubits, you have a length. In the Bible days, when they got ready to measure a cubit, they did it from the elbow to the fingertip. And that was about a cubit, which is about a foot and a half in an average person's hand. So, a foot and a half times the amount that it says here gives you the dimensions of the curtain itself. So, the curtain is quite massive. But what you can't see is how thick it was.
And so, in order to find how thick it was, I couldn't find it in the Bible. I couldn't find it in the commentaries, but Josephus the historian says that the veil in the temple in the days of Jesus was 4 inches thick. Said the fabric was woven so thick together that you could put a horse on one end, and a horse on the other, and they couldn't rip it. It could not be ripped by two horses pulling in two different directions because that was how much the wall was built. Build that wall, build that wall. God said, "I'll let you get close, but you can't get in. I'll let you get near, but you can't get in. I'll let your prayers seep through the fabric so that I can smell them, but you can't get in. I'll let your priest come in once a year and bring about peace with God, but you can't get it". This curtain is 4 inches thick. It's about 30 and some feet high. It is folded, manifold so thick that you cannot get in. My thoughts are above your thoughts, my ways above your ways. That's how the distance is between us. But we're going to meet and come as close as we can. Touch somebody, say, "It's getting closer".
Now, I want to show you something. Go with me, 'cause I'm headed somewhere. When I get there, you're gonna know it. Put my Tabernacle back up. Outer court, inner court, Holy of Holies. Three dimensions, outer court, inner court, Holy of Holies. Body, soul, spirit. Three dimensions, body, soul, spirit. Huh. Your body is the temple. When Jesus was born, they called him Emmanuel, God tabernacle with us, body, soul, spirit. Outer court, inner court, Holy of Holies. Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Father in creation, Son in redemption, Holy Ghost in regeneration. I am a spirit, I have a soul, I live in a body. Body, soul, spirit. Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Outer court, inner court, Holy of Holies. Everything in here is spirit. Everything in here is a quickening spirit. Everything in here is glory. Out here, we have daylight. In here, we have candlelight, which is revelatory light. In here, we have divine light. Do you hear what I'm saying? Everything out here is all man, no God stuff, all man. In here is man stuff and God stuff all mixed together in one place. Man is offering, God is receiving, man and God. But past this point, it's all God and no man. Do you understand the words that come out of my mouth?
"Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice yielded up the ghost". Now, watch this, he is on the cross, and he cried with a loud voice. He's bleeding on the cross. He's nailed to the tree. We started at the tree. We're back to the tree again. It all started around the tree. And now, where the first man Adam was driven away from the tree, the last man Adam was nailed to the tree. They hung him high. They stretched him wide. The ground began to tremble. The Sun refuse to shine. And he cried with a loud voice, come on. "And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom".
What, wait, when he cried out. When this Tabernacle cried out, it ripped that Tabernacle over there. And the veil in the temple was ripped from the what? "From the top to the bottom". Wait, wait. It was ripped from the top to the bottom. The top was too high for a man to reach. Only God the Father could reach that high. The Son is on the cross. Who ripped the veil? Two horses couldn't pull the veil apart, but when Jesus cried out on the cross, the veil in the temple was ripped from the top to the bottom. No wonder it is finished. When Jesus says it is finished, he doesn't mean that he is finished. He means the thing that stood in between us and God is finished. Slap three people and say, "Rip that thing". Rip everything standing in between me and God. It's got to come down. Everything that said I wasn't good enough, that I'd never be nothing, that I'd never get in, it's got to come down.
Pastor, you mean Jesus was on the cross, and he cried from the cross, which was incidentally outside of Jerusalem? 'Cause Hebrews said he died outside the camp, went outside the gate. But what he screamed from the cross went all the way into Jerusalem and ripped the veil from the top to the bottom. He's ripping religion. He said, "I stepped outside of all of it and died so that you could be free, and the veil in the temple is ripped from the top to the bottom". And what else happen? "And behold, the veil of the temple was rent from top to the bottom". What else happened? "And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent".
Wait a minute, everything's ripping. When they ripped Jesus, the veil in the temple was ripped from the top to the bottom. But God said, "I'm not through ripping stuff". The ground started quaking. A quake is a split. Rocks started breaking in two. Come on here. "And the graves were opened. And many bodies of the saints arose". Arose up out of the grave. So, when they ripped Jesus, he reaped the veil. When the veil ripped, it ripped the earth. When the earth ripped, dead men got out the grave.
I'm trying to tell you that everything you have ever been locked out of, everything that you never had access to, everything that you couldn't get near, I'm trying to tell you that when Jesus got through dying on the cross, you went from access denied to access granted. And I don't know what you've been asking God for, and I don't know what you've been needing God to do, and I don't know what the devil told you you couldn't have, but the devil is a liar. The Lord wanted you to be here to let you know no devil in hell can lock you out of what God has for you. If you've been asking God for something, go into your crazy place.
Understand, Sarah, understand this. When they ripped Jesus, the Roman soldier pierced him in his side, they didn't just rip him so the blood could get out. They ripped him so that we could get in. And if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. And when the veil ripped from the top to the bottom, it was so you can have access. All due respect, you don't need to come to me to get your prayer through. You don't need to go to a confessional to get your prayer through. Jesus moved all middlemen out of the way. The Bible said in Hebrews that you can come boldly. You don't even have to be in this church. You can be riding down 35 in your car at anyplace, at any time, at 3 o'clock in the morning. If you open up your mouth, God said, "Access granted, access granted, access granted".
Touch ten people and say, "Access granted". It's granted. You watching on the Internet, access granted. Tell every devil access granted. Tell your sickness access granted. Tell your problem access granted. Tell your bills access, access, access granted. Get your neighbor by the hand and pull on them. Tell your neighbor, "Turn me loose. I'm going in. You can't stop me. You can't hold me back". Access granted. The veil was ripped. Tell your neighbor, "The veil is ripped". If you don't get it, it's not my fault. The veil is ripped. Shout yes. The veil is what? He ripped it so the poor man, he ripped it so the bondman, he ripped it so the broken man could have access!