Matthew 27:50-51 “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 temple in Jerusalem was the place of worship for God’s people. Jewish life revolved around the temple. It was a sacred and holy place, set apart. The temple represented the physical location where God met with his people.
The temple had one courtyard where only Jews were allowed, beyond that another where only the Jewish priests were allowed, and beyond that still was the Holy of Holies, an inner sanctum where only the high priest was allowed to enter, and even he was only allowed to enter once a year, in order to make atonement for the sins of all the people.
The Holy of Holies was separated from the rest of the temple by a huge veil, about 60 feet high, and four inches thick. It represented the separation between God and man.
At the moment of Jesus’ death “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Jesus’ death had paid the price. No longer was a high priest needed to make atonement for the people’s sin.
No longer was God hidden behind a veil. God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands.
The Holy of Holies was now open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile!