Holy Week Day 3 – Broken

Matthew 27:45-56 (ESV)

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. [46] And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [47] And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” [48] And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. [49] But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” [50] And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. [51] And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. [52] The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, [53] and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. [54] When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” [55] There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, [56] among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Reflection

In this passage we see a number of things break at the moment Jesus breathed His last breath.

In the verses above we see 4 things happen. 4 things react to the death of Jesus. Its as if these 4 things couldn’t remain the same when the creator of the universe breathed his last. They were:
The curtain
Light
Rocks
Graves

Think about this for a second. Why would these four things go crazy? Why would these four things feel the need to breakdown at this moment?

The curtain represents religion and in particular the old covenant.
Light throughout Scripture is synonymous with Life
Rocks represent matter, the created universe.
Graves represent time.

In other words when Jesus breathed His last breath religion, life, the universe and time reacted. They didn’t just react they freaked out, they broke. Why?

Well when we understand that each of these were created to point to Jesus it makes more sense. There is so much more we can say about the curtain and about everything else that is going on in these verses but for a second think about how each of them point to Jesus.

The whole of the old covenant was to point towards Jesus. Jesus is not just life but life abundantly. All of creation, all matter declares His glory and lastly, The birth, death and resurrection is the pinnacle of all created time.

All four of these things are created in the light of Jesus glory and point ultimately towards Him and even at His death on the cross, they would testify to His majesty.

When we understand this we see the crucifixion as the moment that all of scripture points towards, all of life has its meaning in, all of creation glories in and all of time hinges around.

The crucifixion is also the moment when our lives were changed forever. It is the moment when our relationship with God was changed forever, It was the moment when we could live a life free from the shadow of death. It was the moment when we could rediscover what it means to live with God at the centre of our universe and our diaries.

What does the cross mean for you this Good Friday?

 

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