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Christ Crucified

by Velasquez

READ THE WORD

Luke 23:44-47

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last.

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

Let’s Pray
as One.

Jesus died.  His death changed everything around Him.  All of creation responded and resonated with what His death accomplished. The curtain tearing was significant: It is nearly impossible to tear a curtain in two from the bottom.  It has to be torn from the top.  The curtain is what separated the holy space from the most holy space and is what separated the sacred from the mundane.  And God removed it himself.  He tore it.  Not the work of man, but the work of God.  God wants us to have access to His very heart: He wants to be known by us, and not just in information, but by character, friendship,  and time together.  How do you spend time with God?  What ways give you the most life and help you feel close?  What helps you ‘enter into His presence’?

God destroyed the sense that there is a place He is not.  All of creation is His temple.  We seldom think of a murder scene is where God shows up, but that’s what happened at the cross: Jesus’ death removed the blindness of their eyes.
Re-read those four verses. It was normal to bring guards in who have no connection to events in order to prevent bribery or bias.  Jesus was likely guarded by soldiers who never even heard of  Him.  Yet from only a short time observing Him, they recognized that he was no ‘mere mortal.’     They were able to see the truth plainly in how He died.  Jesus body was torn as the curtain was, so you can see God clearly.  And God promises to see you the way He sees Jesus if you are His friend.  God will never mistreat you like people might.        
God will never leave you.   Take a minute to share with someone something that stood out to you from this journey to the tomb.

LEARN AND REFLECT

Father, open my eyes to see your goodness and love.  Help me to have access to you very heart and to give you the same access to mine.  I trust that Jesus’ death accomplished what I could not.  Now accomplish more.  Grow me to be like Jesus and keep me as yours.  Even as Jesus committed His spirit to you, give me the strength and courage to commit mine to your loving care.   Do with me what you wish.  I know it is for my good.
Amen.

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