How can we come to God?

Question: Where does it say that we must go to God through Jesus ever since Adam and Eve sinned?

Answer: We do not have the right to come into God's presence by ourselves. The Bible tells us specifically that we cannot come to God apart from Jesus.

    John 14:6-7 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

This began when man (and woman) sinned against God in the garden of Eden. God's driving them out of the garden clearly showed that division. So too the Cherubim [special guardian angels] guarding the way to prevent man from coming back [on their own] into that place where they had fellowship with God.

    Genesis 3:24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (NIV)

Even as the law was given many years later, God made sure the same symbolism was evident. A thick curtain separated the way into the Holy Place, where the ark [representing the presence of God] was, this curtain even had Cherubim woven into the design of the curtain.

    Exodus 26:31-33 "Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman. 32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. (NIV)

These cherubim, in the curtain design, clearly were to remind the people that man's sin in the garden still kept them from coming directly to God. Man was still separated from God, needing both sacrifices for sin and a high priest to come into God's presence on their behalf. With Jesus, He became both the perfect sacrifice and the High Priest.

    Hebrews 7:23-27 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need-one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. (NIV)

To make sure that we got the picture, God destroyed the symbolic barrier [the curtain in front of the Holy Place] that was still used in the temples that followed the tabernacle. At the exact time of Jesus' death, God tore the veil from top to bottom. He opened the way... the only way.

    Mark 15:37-38 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (NIV)

    Hebrews 10:19-22 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)