Matthew 27:51-56

Every day people die on this planet.  And, though I admit it sounds calloused, most of us never even notice.

But when the Son of God took His final breath, all of creation took note.

Luke tells us in his gospel that the rejoicing of Jesus’ disciples upon his approach into Jerusalem caused great consternation among the Pharisees.  They told Jesus to rebuke these men proclaiming Him as king (Luke 19:39-40).

“I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  (Luke 19:40)

And so, when all but one of the Twelve had abandoned Him and the silence was deafening from the crowds who days earlier had given Him a conqueror’s welcome, the rocks split (Matt. 27:51).

For Jesus Christ was no ordinary man.  And His death was no ordinary death.

The Lord of all creation had won the battle. 

The curtain in the temple was torn in two (Matt. 27:51).

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  (Hebrews 10:19-23)