EASTER-SIX MIRACLES OF CALVARY
 
PART TWO - Miracle of Temple Veil Torn Top To Bottom
 
Some have suggested that the earthquake was the cause of the Veil being torn in two from top to bottom. I personally disagree, as the Veil was free hanging. Had the earthquake been the cause for the torn Veil, then the building itself should have been shaken to pieces. But, God had chosen to save that for the Roman Army, later in 70 A.D.
 
But what does Scripture say? "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit." Matt. 27:50 (NIV)  "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split." Matt. 27:51 (NIV)
 
A Jewish historian, Josephus, lived at the time of Christ and the early years of the church. He informs us that the Veil was 60 feet high and 4 inches thick. He further informs us that horses tied to each side of the Veil were unable to tear it in two. God was no longer to dwell in temples made by men's hands. Abraham looked for a city not made with hands, whose foundation, architect and builder was God. Hebrews 11:8 - 11.  Because the veil was torn from the top, and horses could not pull it apart, this then, tells us this rending of the veil was an act only God could perform, reaching down from above.
 
There were two loud cries from the cross. The first was before the darkness ended, an agonizing wail of abandonment. The second one was a cry of victory!
 
There are four events listed, separately, as happening:
A. Jesus Cried out - B. Veil torn - C. Earth shook - D. Rocks split.
 
The tearing in two of the Veil is listed as an independent event. Therefore I suggest that Christ crying out is the -
- - - cause of the Veil tearing in two -
- - - cause of the earthquake -
- - - cause of the rocks splitting
 
Remember it was the voice of the Creator (Jesus) that spoke into existence in Genesis the earth, the water, the fouls of the air, the beasts of the field and all that is.
 
Just moments before the earthquake Jesus had cried out "It is finished!" John 19:30. Christ's mission on earth was now complete. No longer was there now a need for animal sacrifice. No longer was there now a need of the Veil in the temple. In fact, since Jesus had already told of the destruction of the temple, which happened in A.D. 70, there was no longer a need for the temple. All was eliminated one step at a time!
 
The display of the Perfect Man on earth, from the womb to the tomb, was the demonstration of the only kind of man whom God could permit to approach Him. Incarnation had been of no use without the sacrificial death. The veil must be torn!
 
Jesus' shout of "It is finished!" is, in the Greek, a military term, declaring victory. When the Roman army conquered an enemy, the Roman general stood with a foot on the chest of the general of the conquered army. With both arms stretched upwards, holding his shield and sword, the Roman general would declare, "It is finished!" Though Jesus was nailed to the cross with both arms stretched upward, He was not conquered, rather, He was the Conqueror, and as such declared, "It is finished!"
 
Christ expired at 3:00 in the afternoon. This was the same time for the beginning of the evening roasting of the Sacrificial Lamb for the Passover Feast. Four new changes were now implemented as suddenly as were the creative acts in Genesis.    
 
ONE: The priests were in the Holy Place, in front of the Veil. God meant it to be seen. The Veil is now torn making it impossible for the High Priest to carry within the veil the blood of atonement.
 
SECOND: the unbroken secrecy of the Holy of Holies, after 1500 years, was now at an end, with all its mysteries open to view.
 
THIRD: the priests who ministered in front of the veil might now safely enter into that typical presence of God most freely.
 
FOURTH: the people in the Outer Court, can now advance into the Holy Place of the priests, and then into the Holiest of all.
 
The Tabernacle dispensation was now over. The Outer Court is a type of the world. the Holy Place is a type of the church. The Holy of Holies is a type of heaven.
 
Now the way was opened for man to approach God. By faith and in spiritual worship 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. . . " Hebrews 10:19, 20 (NIV)  KJV renders as: "boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh."
 
There is neither obscurity nor reserve, nor the death rendering glare of deserved wrath. "Abba, Father," was never heard from the lips of man before Jesus taught it to us. Now the child of God finds his way at once to the Father's bosom, and puts his arms about the Father's neck.

   Just
a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.

                                                   

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