Beyond the Weekend

March 5 | A Person, Not A Place

March 5, 2020


The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him.  Mark 11:18a

Read: Mark 11:18-19

Listen: Mark 11


During his last week, Jesus has a lot to say about the temple. He challenges the power of Jewish leaders who have failed to see the temple as a doorway for all people to come to God. Because Jesus is clear about their failure, they put together a plot to get rid of him.

Jewish leaders are also infuriated that Jesus has told two people, “Your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2, Luke 7:48). This was blasphemy for their belief system that centers on animal sacrifice for sins in the temple. But Jesus now becomes the doorway to God (John 14:6) by removing the barrier of the temple through his sacrificial death on the cross. When he dies in our place, the temple system is over. Forgiveness is no longer through a place, but the person of Christ.

Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion explains how Jesus’ shed blood brings all people near to God, and how the temple curtain into the Holy of Holies is torn in two.

Jesus did everything—we do nothing. But this good news requires a personal response. To be forgiven, you need to tell God you believe Jesus died for your sins, and you want to follow him. When you do that, your new life in Christ begins (2 Corinthians 5:17).


If you haven’t told God you believe Jesus died for your sins, open that door today and tell him. If you have questions, email us at to begin a conversation.

If you have already done this, we’d love to hear your story. From daily reminders to life transformations, stories show how God is moving in the lives of his people. Share your story with us at

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