Matt. 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
During his death things were not quiet. It was quite the opposite. Darkness came over the land during the 6th through 9th hours. At the 9th hour Jesus cried, loudly. Matt. 27:46b “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This was not in a whisper, it was loudly. I believe it could be heard for miles (personal opinion). During that time someone got a sponge, filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick and offered it to Jesus to drink. Then they left him alone and he breathed his last. Matt.27:46-49.
The curtain in the temple was torn in two, the whole earth shook and rocks split. I’m sure it felt much like what we would call an earthquake, with a much different outcome. Tombs were broken and out of the tombs the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
When the centurion and other guards saw this they were terrified and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matt. 27:54 Can you imagine how the guards felt knowing what they had done? There is no way to change or undo it. I wonder how many became believers that day and turned their lives around? Interesting to know though, the ones who asked for forgiveness were shown forgiveness by the one they just crucified! Yes even they were forgiven.
Does that bring your level of forgiveness to a higher place? I know it does mine. I forgive but sometimes not too quickly or at the very least I may not tell them right away that I forgive them, at which point, who needs forgiveness more, the person seeking it or me for withholding it?
In Matt. 27:57-61 we find that Pilate allowed Jesus’ body to be taken down. Joseph of Arimathea wrapped him in clean linen cloth and placed him in his own tomb that he cut out of rock for himself. He rolled a large stone in front of the entrance and went away. Mary and Mary sat opposite the tomb.
I am once again drawn to his mother. She sits staring at the tomb and probably thinking and wondering, “how could this happen,” not only because it’s her son but because he was innocent. Then wrestling with knowing this is why he was born. Still, nothing prepares you for it. What a conflict to go through. As a parent you can imagine the turmoil, especially if you lost a child.
Just as Mary must have known she would one day see her son, so can we look forward to seeing our loved ones that have passed on in glory. The only way to be assured of that, however, is if we believe that Jesus died for our sins and believe he is our Savior. I pray you all have that assurance.
Lord, You and you alone are our Lord and Savior. I lift up any who ask now to receive you and know that their victory is in you. Amen.