Wednesday, March 27, 2013

something big

Then Jesus shouted out again and released his spirit.  At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.  The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened.  The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.  They left the cemetery after Jesus' resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
The roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened.  They said, "This man truly was the Son of God!"  __Matthew 27:50-55

It is very difficult to explain and understand all that occurred on the cross but, for sure, it was something big.  It was so big that a gigantic earthquake took place which changed religion and death forever.  And that's awfully big!

That earthquake caused the curtain in the sanctuary to tear in two.  Religion would never be the same!   The curtain separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple and the rest of the world,  That room was where the art of the covenant sat and it was here only the High Priest could go and Him only once a year.  God's presence was so strong there that bells were tied to the priest's robe so people could hear them ringing and know he had not died in the Lord's presence. A rope was tied to his leg so if he did die, the priest could be pulled out without anyone else going in and risking their own lives.

Before this event religion was, well...religion.  It was not personal as much as it was propositional.  Do everythng just the right way, say the right words and hope it mattered to the deity.  The breakdown of the religious barriers was the breakdown of the barriers to knowing God.  Jesus' sacrificial death for us opened up the free access to have a personal relationship with God  It's no longer about how I am doing, it's about how He is doing and He's doing just great! "What a friend we have in Jesus" cause when we are with Him we are talking to God, being forgiven, an receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Just to prove that death was no longer the same, a bunch of dead saints' rotting  remains raised up with full bodies.   What an earthquake!  The Roman soldiers were terrified by this.  Death is as certain as taxes but now it doesn't seem to have the punch it once had.  Death is the debt we all must pay but the big thing Jesus did on the cross was pay that debt for us.   That earthquake and the disruption of death is a demonstration that proves death has lost its power.  Now thats big. 

I suggest we believe it and accept it so we can be called Children of God and live eternally with Him forever,.

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