Tag: Matthew 27:50-53

Resurrection power in the Gospel!

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)

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