The death of Jesus

July 23rd, 2008

I have been reflecting on the death of Jesus the last day or so. When you read the account from Matthew 27:45-55 you see it was no ordinary death.  A number of amazing things happen when Jesus gave up His spirit.

1. Darkness covered the earth – some commentators say this was a sign of God’s displeasure.

2. Temple curtain torn in two – this was a sign that the way to God is open to all people and there is no need for a priest to be an intermediate.

3. The earth shook violently – this was a major earthquake that caused major damage.

4. Graves and tombs opened – verse 52 tells us that people were raised to life and several days later they went to the holy city.

5. Fear gripped the people – verse 54 tells us that after all that had happened people were terrified.

6. The centurion confessed – a hardened roman soldier who had possibly overseen many thousands of crucifixions proclaimed his thoughts on Jesus. “Surely he was the Son of God!”

The death of Jesus was an amazing event. In His death Jesus paid the price for our sin and opened the way for us to be in relationship with the Father. I am glad He did it, but I am glad I was not there to witness it. Not only was it a gruesome event, but it was one that would has been very scary for those watching.