It was just like someone had turned out the lights. But we do know it was at least over the entire land of Palestine. Can you imagine the scene?
What must have become the mood of the moment? There was no abusive language now, no wagging of heads, no more jeering, only horror, amazement, shock, fear, suspense, and the anxious whisperings of the onlookers. It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be shattered. Can you imagine the effect of this sudden darkness in the midst of all the activity of the spiritual darkness of this hour Mark Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.
This was the time of the Passover and the time of a full moon. According to what I have read, an eclipse was impossible at this time. An eclipse never occurs suddenly as did this incident and an eclipse only lasts for a few minutes--never three full hours. Could it be a darkness like that associated with an earthquake or a volcanic eruption?
Perhaps, but probably not. This darkness covered the entire land and it came suddenly. Also there is no record of an earthquake prior to this, only after this recorded event. What about a dark cloud cover which suddenly rolled in or perhaps a very heavy dust storm? Again, this seems unlikely because of its suddenness. The only proper answer is that this event was a miraculous solar eclipse or a cosmic sign.
God the Creator who placed the sun, moon, stars and planets in their place caused it. This was God directly intervening in nature. As a miracle, we do not understand it, we only have the evidence that it occurred. But above all, the darkness was a fitting symbolic act of God. Through out Scripture, God uses darkness as a vehicle through which to express certain truth to sinful man cf.
Since it does not appear to have been caused by any of the normal phenomenon of nature, we should say a word about the credibility of this account before we go on to its significance. For the person who believes the Bible, this immediately settles the question.
For others, there is the tremendous evidence for the uniqueness and incredible accuracy of Scripture which stands behind this record. They were living at that very moment in that very place. They saw the darkness and talked to others who saw it as well. This was no normal action of nature nor a quirk of nature.
Jesus hung between heaven and earth--the bridge from one to the other--and suddenly darkness covers the land. This miracle was a providential act of God both to 1 authenticate and 2 to interpret the death of His Son to the world. Christ told the people that He had come to save them from their sin and they were offended. And other signs would soon follow like reverberating peals of thunder echoing the world-wide importance of this historic event. The Roman centurion standing close by got the picture. But to do that, God had to face the blackness of doom for us in the person of His incarnate Son.
This supernatural manifestation proved the importance of this person, and the death He was dying. As Isaiah declared, it demonstrated that Christ was judicially smitten of God. It showed that a holy God had turned His face away from His Son in a judicial sense, not a relational sense, and had poured out His wrath of divine justice on Christ who was there bearing our penalty, taking our place. This was the point in time when Christ bore our sin and when God the Father and the Holy Spirit had to turn their backs on the suffering Savior.
But this does not mean that Christ was utterly forsaken by the Father. He was not, for the Father heard His prayers and delivered His Son from the cross and the tomb. But for a while the darkness spoke of Christ separated from God by the sin of the world and smitten for us as He bore our sin. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. It was not fitting that man should see the Son in this hour of His intense suffering when the sin of the world was placed on Him. Think about your sins--fornication, pride, gossip, hate, lying, indifference or complacency, unfaithfulness, rebellion, etc. It was in this dark hour that God put our sin upon Christ.
It was the time He bore the iniquity of us all. Was this the exact moment when our sin was placed upon Christ? Or was this cry because He could endure no longer our sin and the spiritual separation from God and He cried out for deliverance? Concerning His arrest and all that would follow, Christ said to the religious leaders,. Christ came as the light of the world to lighten every man, but men loved darkness rather than the light and they rejected Him. Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. The Jews held two trials in the night, a procedure that was illegal according to Jewish law, to falsely accuse the Savior and to find a reason to kill Him because as the Light, He revealed their darkness.
In the early morning hours, another trial was held to make it all legal. Then came the Roman trials, another travesty on justice. This was followed by the first hours on the cross in the daylight with the sneering and insults--acts which demonstrated the darkness of the human soul--the very reason God had to send His Son.
Then suddenly the darkness came--a fitting picture of why Christ had to go to the cross. Thus, just as suddenly as it had come, the darkness was dispelled by the light of day and Christ was then heard to speak again. Interestingly, this word was used in the Papyri of a son reporting to his father that the job he had been sent to do was done, accomplished. In the Damascus road experience when the apostle Paul was converted, the Savior told him, regarding the world of lost men, that He had come. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Our Savior has conquered the darkness, and as His people, we ought to live as the children of light as we walk in the power of His life with His character and purposes as our own. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between Matthew Regardless, it is important to note both of these last words of Christ summed up by Matthew as the final loud voice present the death of Christ as occurring immediately afterward with the rending of the veil occurring at that point cf. Even so, Luke closely associates His final words and death with the rending of the veil.
The preceding actions and words of Christ manifested what kind of man He was, sinless and innocent. They dealt with His person and showed Him to be the sinless God-Man Savior--the only one qualified to die for our sin. Here we have the victorious Son, of His own volition, releasing His spirit in death. This was the final act of the cross. Christ entrusted Himself to the Father knowing he had paid the penalty for sin and that His resurrection was assured.
Immediately, following these words with their tremendous and obvious implications, our attention is focused on the next momentous event--the rending of the veil from top to bottom. It appears that it was the loud voice of the victorious Savior and His death that caused the chain of miraculous events: To see the significance of this next miracle in this chain of events, the rending of the veil, we would do well to review and study the meaning of the veil of the temple in Scripture.
The veil and the ritual of the temple took its meaning from the tabernacle as described in Old Testament Scripture. There were many differences between the temple and the tabernacle, but the meaning of the veils and the Old Testament ritual in their production and purposes remained the same. The veil was a covering, a concealment and a barrier that stood between the holy place and the Holy of Holies. It spoke of the barrier that separates man from God. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, 10 since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.
The congregation of Israel assembled in the court and daily the priests entered the holy place ministering according to their office. Into the Holy of Holies no one was allowed except the high priest, and he was only allowed once a year on the Day of Atonement. Each year on this day the high priest would come with blood from the altar of sacrifice and with smoke of incense from the altar of incense which he would place in the Holy of Holies. So, the veil was prophetic and spoke of Jesus Christ. It showed the barrier which separated man from God had been removed and effectively dealt with once and for all.
Because Christ had fulfilled the Old Testament Law, it showed that the Old Testament system had been abrogated--done away by the work of Christ. It nullified any kind of elite and selective priesthood system and made every believer a priest of God with perfect access to God. What work do You perform? This is a stupendous event for man to ponder. It was no doubt one of the reasons that many priests came to accept Christ as their Savior Acts 6: Just imagine the picture. This was an historic occurrence, one alluded to by secular historians as Tacitus and Josephus, and even by the Jewish Talmud.
It means away with legalism or acts of self-trust. It means the need to trust fully in the finished work of Christ. It is not what I do that saves me, but what He has done. Christian experience begins with a clear understanding of justification based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. Justification is the act of God which declares the believer to be acceptable on the basis of His finished work. If we are to become psychologically whole and spiritually mature, we must understand that our acceptability to God is not based on our merit or behavior, but rather on the merit and behavior of Jesus Christ.
Because people worry about their acceptance, they often look to people to feel accepted or to gain their acceptance. As a result they operate to please men, or in seeking to please God they are actually trying to be accepted rather than to please Him because they already are accepted. It means a need to honestly consider this tremendous evidence and to make a decision regarding receiving Jesus Christ by faith. This third miracle has a special significance of its own in the chain of miraculous phenomena surrounding the death of Christ.
As with the darkness and the splitting of the veil, this occurred at the same time and was a supernatural notation from God to make known the significance of the death of Christ. As noted above, it was the loud voice of the victorious and dying Saviour which split the veil, shook the earth, broke the rocks, and opened the tombs cf.
It demonstrated the earth-shaking nature of the death of Christ, the manifestation of the power of God for the entire world. Because of the precise moment of this event and the way Scripture connected it with the death of Christ, it was supernatural and miraculous. There are four things which I believe support this. There are four coincidences that form the evidence for this view of the shaking of the earth. When man sinned the first Adam mankind became cursed with sin and death, and the earth the adamah , the ground out of which man had been made was also cursed.
Here was the one who had redeemed man from the curse of sin and would one day redeem nature or creation from its curse as well. There was one other time when God caused the earth to quake miraculously. It was at Mt. Sinai at the giving of the Law Ex. There it stood for the absolute holiness of God and warned the people that they could not touch the mount or even approach God apart from the sacrifices of the Law which, of course, pointed to the person and work of Christ.
But the Law provided man with no power to break out of the clutches of sin and death. It only condemned man and showed him the sinfulness of heart. But at the death of Christ, the quaking of Golgotha the place of the skull--itself a picture of death God was giving His answer to Sinai and the Old Testament Law. The disturbance of the place where people are buried has a special significance all its own. It stands as a climax to what has gone before.
It also is an event of anticipation for people would wonder why the graves opened when nothing else was disturbed. As suggested by the chronology, it was caused by the shaking of the earth. The tombs opened were most likely the rock hewn tombs that were so numerous around Palestine which were sealed with stones covering the entrances.
This was a further effect of the power and significance of the death of Christ. The Scriptures teach us that the power of sin is death. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing.
And they praised the God of Israel. When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him. How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.
Nothing will be impossible for you. When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. Who can forgive sins but God alone? Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.
For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then they came to Jericho. On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.
She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me. Pick up your mat and walk. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly. Jesus did not answer a word. Your request is granted. Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God! A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him. So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.
This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute.
The Miraculous Biblical Painting,Modern Day Miracle,Bible, Unexplained,Second Coming Out of the Dark,sword,supernatural,paranormal,miracle cloth. Surrounding Christ's death on the cross, was a chain of miraculous events . Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. Through out Scripture, God uses darkness as a vehicle through which to men in to see the evidence of the graves clothes--not to let the Lord out.
When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.
But Jesus came and touched them. On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Even the winds and the waves obey him! Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass.
And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. This, however, was difficult to square with the purpose of miracles, as universally agreed up until recent centuries. These events led many to question the compassion and integrity of the Church. In a group of Dominicans were exposed as frauds by a magistrate in Berne. The monastery provided adequate food and a place to sleep and served as a center of conversion and learning.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, —while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.
After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours. Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves.
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.