And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27:51 ESV)
Ever since the fall of man, recorded in Genesis 3, access to God has been forbidden. This was represented in the imagery of the angels with the flaming swords standing guard to the entrance of the Garden of Eden. Sin separates us from a holy God. Yet, communion with God is what we were made for. This presents us with a bit of a problem.
The history of the human race can be seen as man’s attempt to re-enter paradise. Various world religions, self-actualization, will to power, etc., all are fallen man’s attempt to regain paradise which was lost at the fall. Not everyone puts the quest in those words, but that is the heart of man’s quest. Unfortunately, man cannot ascend the mount to regain his lost sense of purpose and meaning because at the core of his fallen heart, he wants nothing to do with God or his ways. Fortunately for us, God has descended the mount to redeem his people. Through the promise of a covenant (the covenant of grace) made with Abraham and his descendants, God began the process of salvation that would culminate in the crucifixion of his Son, Jesus Christ.