A Torn Curtain, Split Rocks, and Open Graves

The Curtain Tore

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (Matthew 27:50-51)

Upon Jesus’ death, the curtain in the tabernacle that separated the Most Holy Place from the rest of the temple was torn in half. The sacrifice of Jesus destroyed the barrier that separated the people from God. No long do we need a priest to approach God for us, we go straight to the Father through the Son.

The Earth Shook

Another miraculous occurrence that happened during the death of Jesus was an earthquake that Matthew 27:51 tells us about. The earth shook and the rocks split. This is no small tremor, but a quake strong enough to actually tear open rock.

The Graves Opened and the Saints Arose

After the earthquake, some of the graves located at Calvary were opened. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. (Matthew 27:52-53) It wasn’t until after Christs resurrection that the saints arose as well. What a testimony to the resurrection power!

PRAYER

God, thank You for the signs that displayed the significance of what was taking place in the death and resurrection of Christ, his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.

-Ephesians 1:19-20-

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