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Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spounge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. (Matthew 27;45-51).
Notice three things that happened at the Crucifixion of Jesus.
1.The earth moved and shook at his death (Matt 27;51).
2.There was darkness from noon until 3pm (Mark 15;33).
3.The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15;38).
I want to take my text from this mini blog sermon today from verse 51.
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain.”
Heaven and earth witnessed his death, earth groaned creation responded to the suffering of its creator as if it of itself suffered too. Indeed creation still groans to this day waiting for the manifestation the sons of God. and could it be that today with what happens in our world creation continues to groan, shake, and cry out waiting for that justice and the just one’s.
The last point here, the veil the temple was torn was no coincidence either for we read of the veil of his flesh. His body was the “veil of his flesh” which at his death was both a union of body and spirit yet a separation too. Remember his incarnation was a. union of spirit and flesh, his death told us of judgement on the body and a certain death. Christ died for our sins. this was no joke, this death was complete and real Christ died for our sins. We know that the veil of his flesh was taken off and the oneness he had with the faith would be recognised after his glorification.
Therefore he would prove once and for all that his words were true He that has seen me has seen the father. His resurrected body proved this. Only God can rise himself from the dead. Only God can can become man and yet after death remain God and live forever! Only God can take on a body, yet die and take that same body and manifest himself with that same body glorified.
All figurative of our glorification to come.
All figurative our our resurrection to come.
All figurative of our passing from death to live at baptism. Yes baptism, where we who were buried with him rise in newness of life with him.
Do you really know how much life you are?
Do you realise that his death was figurative of our death as he arose so will we we shall be like him, Just as his flesh out off flesh so to our flesh will put off death, Just as his immortality became manifested so our mortality will put on immortality.
Death is another story for us not the end of the chapter. Death is a opening upon the book for us not the closing of it. Death is a glorification and entrance way, whereas a stone was rolled over the tomb so too shall the tome be emptied the moment you were baptised….
…..Why Christ came in and God in you cant be put in a hole, in a grave in a tomb. where God goes you go.
THE VEIL OF OUR FLESH WILL give way to the light of his glory. Death is a time when this old veil our flesh shall be uncovered and Christ shall be glorified in us through us around us, from us. Should it therefore be true that death then is a doorway through which we enter eternity clothed like him and in our right mind. We approach it as an entrance should we then equally so as Christ let our light shine now, this is training time for that which is to come. god help my light to shone brightly now as it does then, so that my change of garment will be quick and instantaneous as I go from glory to glory.
How about you?