Friday, March 30, 2018

While on the Cross

While on the Cross
Matthew 27:51-54
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. . . and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. . . Now when the centurion . . . saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 

Scripture records for us many supernatural phenomena which occurred while Jesus was hanging on the cross. The darkening of the sky was the first miraculous sign that preceded Jesus’ death. Christ was taking our place as the wrath of God was being poured out on His Son. Before Christ’s last breath, He cried out with a strong and loud voice giving His life over to the Father’s hands. A life not forced from Him, but freely given. The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom at the moment of His death. Evidence that the Father had removed the barrier between God and sinful man. The redeemed would be forgiven forever by the once-for-all sacrifice of God’s perfect Lamb. 

An earthquake, so powerful that it split rocks in half at His death showing God’s divine judgment. The dead were raised from their graves. Many of the tombs around Jerusalem were opened and saints were raised from the dead. This proved Christ would conquer death, not only for Himself but for all saints of all the ages in the final great resurrection. 

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy miracles that took place at the moment of Jesus’ death was the conversion of the centurion, overseeing the crucifixion of Christ. His death was unlike any crucifixion the Roman Centurion or others nearby had witnessed. This man, Jesus, the One whom they called, “The King of the Jews,” was praying for those who crucified Him. Salvation, a wonderful miracle that occurs in the life of a sinner when they are “Saved by His wonderful grace.” 

Lord, my heart is filled with gratitude when I recall Your extreme sacrifice for me.

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