Torn In Two

Matthew 27:50-54; 57-60 50And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.  51And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split  52The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep in death were raised [to life];   53And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.  54When the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over Jesus observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly this was God’s Son!

The instant Jesus died, a few things happened- the curtain in the temple was torn in two, and the tombs were opened and the saints who were dead became alive. The curtain was what separated the Holy of Holies, the place the priests communed with God. Once Jesus died there was no longer any need for the separation, because His death allows us to have fellowship with God one on one, anytime we want. Because He paid the price, we are made righteous, we have right-standing with God. Romans 5:1-2 says   1THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to [b]enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  2Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. When Jesus died, he put us in a position of righteousness that enables us to boldly enter into His presence.

I think it’s interesting that when Jesus died,  the tombs were opened and the saints were raised from the dead. The resurrection power of Jesus was at work immediately after He took His last breath. That resurrection power is at also at work today in us. We see in Romans 6:5-6 4We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.  5For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God]. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we accept the ability to walk in the newness of life that He provides. We have the power in us to live a life for Him! Isn’t that great news? You can overcome any trial or temptation simply because you made the choice to live for Him.

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One response to “Torn In Two

  1. oh liz, i can’t imagine how proud your
    mom and dad must be of you!

    keep on preaching, little sister!

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