A Cry and a Veil
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
The story of the cross is a story of anguish. It doesn’t try and hide the fact that Jesus suffered from beginning to end. It also makes it clear that Jesus was always in control. He could have saved himself. He could have stopped the pain. He could have given up. He didn’t.
Jesus gave up his spirit with a loud cry. He went as far as his earthly body could take him. He didn’t cut any corners. He followed his mission until the bitter end. He gave up his spirit willingly for all those yelling and cursing at him. He gave it up for the soldiers who nailed his hands and feet to the wood. He gave it up to the Pharisees and priests who cursed him. He gave it up from Adam until the last person born on this earth. He gave it up for you and me.
The world would never be the same after that moment and the earth physically showed us that. The earth quaked and rocks were split. Graves were opened but we’ll talk about that next week. The veil in the temple of God was ripped in two. The author makes sure to let us know that it was ripped from the top down- from heaven to earth. The veil that separated God from man was no longer needed now that the blood of Jesus was poured out. The veil that kept us separated from our creator was now gone. We could now see him more clearly through the life and sacrifice of his son.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Because we are still here in this sinful world, we still don’t have a perfect view or vision. There is still much to learn and see about God but what a giant leap the cross was for us. For those willing to see, you can clearly see the love, patience and purpose of God. For those willing to gaze at the cross, you can see what God desires and offers to you.
We still might see dimly, but what is visible is enough for your salvation. Will you take the time to truly see what God was trying to show you of himself on that cross?
Pr. Steven Couto