Tag: curtain torn
Scripture reading for February 28th: Mark 15, Psalm 43, Proverbs 12
Key Scriptures: Mark 15:37-39 “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!””
Soldiers from the Roman army garrison had conducted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and two others and were there guarding the condemned. Mark records the last cry of Jesus from the cross and the rending of the temple curtain. The curtain was torn from top to bottom! But the centurion in charge, an eyewitness, was overcome by the manner in which Jesus breathed His last breath. He made a faith confession: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Faith Confession: Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God!
Proverbs 12:17 “Whoever speaks the truth give honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”
Scripture reading for February 8th: Matthew 27
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Matthew 27:50-53 “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. The earth shook and the rocks split. 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.”
Jesus was not murdered by Roman soldiers, He willingly gave up His spirit to the Father after suffering for the sins of all mankind. When His own obedience to the Father was complete, Jesus was released from His suffering and shame. This event was so powerful that the first event recorded by Matthew was the tearing of the thick veil on the temple. This was significant to Jews, because that veil had covered the Holy of Holies so that only the High Priest could enter, once a year for the sins of the people. Now the final sacrifice was completed, a better sacrifice that would satisfy God’s justice forever!
An earthquake also occurred which split rocks and opened some tombs of holy men and women of the past. This earthquake shook the realm of the dead to the core! Death could no longer hold those who by faith had looked to God for His salvation!
Observations for over-comers: Never forget the power of the Gospel message and the story of Jesus’ suffering and death for our sins! It has power to raise the dead and cause spiritual earthquakes that open the way to intimacy with God! “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; . .” (Job 19:25-26)
Scripture reading for April 28th: Luke 23:44-24:12
What a shock it must have been to those disciples to see Jesus actually crucified and then dead! Even though Jesus had told them that this would happen, the reality of it had to be painful and heart-rending. Added to this grief for their beloved Master, was the fact that each of them had denied Him in His hour of need. They had followed Him willingly and had learned so much, but this last day was something that none of them had courage to deal with. Their lack of prayer had led to failure during temptation! (Luke 22:46)
A member of the Sanhedrin, Joseph, who had not been in agreement with their actions, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. He took it and wrapped it in linen cloths and laid it in a new tomb right before sundown. The women went home and prepared spices for the body, but because of the Sabbath did not get to put them on Jesus’ body. (Luke 23:50-56)
After the Sabbath was over, early on the first day of the week, the women took their spices and went to the garden tomb to anoint the body for proper burial. On arrival, they found the stone rolled away and they entered and looked around. “While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you while He was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.””
Jesus rose from the grave! He was declared the Son of God with power through resurrection from the dead! (Romans 1:4) No other religion or person can claim this truth! Jesus not only rose, but announced it before hand to confirm His claim to be the Son of God. Can you put your faith in Jesus Christ today? This act of believing can change you eternal destiny and how you live each day of the rest of your life! Jesus is alive!