Matthew Lesson 28 Day 4
8. An unnatural eclipse
This unusual darkness lasted for three hours, much longer than any natural eclipse. . . This darkness was especially remarkable because it happened during a full moon – during which time Passover was always held – and during a full moon it is impossible that there be a natural eclipse of the sun. (1)
From about 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM the sun went dark. For the first three hours he hung on the cross, anyone could see that it was actually Jesus hanging on the cross. For the next three hours, no one could. (See Mark 15:25 and Mark 15:34)
The question refers us to Isaiah 13:9-10 which says in verse 10, “For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising and the moon will not shed its light.”
However, “Phlegon, Roman historian wrote: “In the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad, there was an extraordinary eclipse of the sun: at the sixth hour, the day turned into dark night, so that the stars in heaven were seen; and there was an earthquake.” (Cited in Clarke)” (1)
In Acts 2:20, Peter quoting from Joel on the day of Pentecost quotes Joel 2:31 also prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:29.
9. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
“This is the only time in the Synoptic Gospels where Jesus addressed God without calling him ‘Father’.”
Jesus “cried” out. The Greek word used only in this one instance in the New Testament is a strong verb indicating powerful emotion or appeal to God. (France)(1)
“Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!” Psalm 22:21-22
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3-5)
10. a. More powerful events
Temple veil torn
“The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.”
The veil—60 to 90 foot curtain—represented a separation between God and man. God did the tearing from top to bottom, giving us access to Him.
Only the high priest entered the inner room, and that was only once a year.
When entering the Holy of Holies, the high priest must take “a sacrifice of blood with him, which he offers for himself and for the errors and sins of ignorance and thoughtlessness which the people have committed.” Hebrews 9:7 AMP
At the exact moment Jesus died, God tore the veil from top to bottom. It was torn because sin no longer created a separation between God and man. The blood Jesus shed provided the sacrifice once and for all. “Jesus tore the veil, that is to say His flesh (Hebrews 10:20) in two and opened up a new way to God through Himself.” Andrew Wommack Living Commentary
We no longer need a Levitical priest to go into the presence of God for us.
I love this quote from Spurgeon—”As if shocked at the sacrilegious murder of her Lord, the temple rent her garments, like one stricken with horror at some stupendous crime.”
Acts 6:7 says that in the days of the early church, a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Perhaps this torn veil demonstrated to them the greatness of the work of Jesus. It is also probably how the torn veil became common knowledge.
“And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.”
The resurrection of many saints
Three days later, when Jesus was resurrected, the tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
“On the day He was revealed as resurrected, the radiating power of new life was so great that it resuscitated some of the righteous dead.”(1)
Through this event, we see the promise of resurrection from the dead.
Only Matthew records this demonstration of God’s power.
How were the enemies of Jesus not impacted by the events that took place that day? Why weren’t they terrified?
“The Centurian and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!'”
Those who loved Jesus who were present when He died—
His mother Mary
His mother’s sister
Mary the mother of James and Joseph (may be the same as Mary, wife of Cleopas listed in John 19:25)
The mother of Zebedee’s sons
12. This is how much God loved the world:
“He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)
It is important to remember the excruciatingly painful and humiliating sacrifice Jesus endured for me. How can I help but love Him?
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