Can you imagine, the day that Jesus died is now called Good Friday. What is so good about that? Jesus died! But in a weird way it was a good day, it was the day that our sins were washed away by the shedding of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
These elements before His death showed all those that didn’t believe that He is the true Son of God
In those last moments on the cross He showed His real power;
- The strange darkness
- It became dark in the middle of the day. “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land” (Matthew 27:45). I think this was a display of God’s anger. This might be a reach, but I feel like this shows that God’s anger was for a moment, 3 hours of a display of His anger. He couldn’t remain angry the sacrifice of Jesus was for us and though it was humanity that nailed Him to the cross, His love for us is greater. He is God after all, He could have sent angels to pick Him up and take Him to heaven, but He knew that Jesus had to endure that death to save humanity.
- A surprising cry
- The only other time recorded in the bible that Jesus cried was when Lazarus died. In His final moments He let out a cry “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”(Matthew 27:46), these words show that the sin that separates us from God and leads us to death, is what separated Jesus from God and caused Him to ask God why had He left Him; why is He not near Him or able to save Him.
- A torn curtain
- This curtain wasn’t just any curtain it was the curtain that separates the rest of the temple from the section in the middle, the place that only the high priest was permitted to go, once a year. “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:51). This curtain is symbolic of the separation that sin causes between us and God, but Jesus came and died so that the curtain “sin” could be torn in two, and now nothing can separate us from God.
- A shocking statement
- As Jesus died the roman commander who had seen many criminals die before said “This man was surely the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).
All these elements were unexpected acts used to witness to those that didn’t believe and as a testament to those who did believe, that He truly is the Son of God. Jesus Christ.