The Way Back to God

Alec Motyer

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You shall make the tabernacle with . . . finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn. (26:1 NIV)

The tabernacle walls were made of white linen with blue, purple, and scarlet threads of yarn interwoven. These same colors marked the entrance to the tabernacle’s courtyard (27:16), the entrance to the tent itself (26:36), and the curtain veiling the entrance to the Most Holy Place (26:31-33), creating one white, blue, purple, and scarlet avenue right through, only one way back to God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 instructs us to look at the veil curtaining off the Holy of Holies and see Jesus. He is gloriously symbolized in the blue of his heavenly origin, the purple of his royal dignity, the scarlet of his atoning blood, and the pure white of his spotless humanity and moral majesty. He is the way back to God from the dark paths of sin, the “new and living way which he consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:20 NKJV).

With awe we recall the fulfillment wrought out on Calvary. When Jesus shouted aloud, “It is finished,” “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15:38; cf., Matthew 27:51; Luke 23:45). There is only one way back to God—through Jesus!


Father, I draw near to you “with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV)