It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two Luke 23:44-45
The time for the death of Jesus had come. Christ had been tortured, beaten, nailed to a piece of wood, made fun of and spit on.
“No manner of execution was ever devised that was more cruel and agonizing then to be nailed to a cross and hung up to die like a piece of meat. It was horrible. You would not have been able to watch it. Not without screaming, pulling at your hair and tearing your clothes. You probably would have vomited.” John Piper
All of a sudden the sun stopped shining and for 3 hours this supernatural darkness covered the land and fulfilled Amos 8:9,10
“And on that day,” declares the Lord GOD,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight
I will turn your feasts into mourning and
all your songs into lamentation.
I will bring sackcloth on every waist
and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.
This darkness was a cosmic sign of mourning. The whole earth was weeping over the death of the Son of God. In those three black hours, sin was poured on Christ’s soul until he became sin. The physical pain Christ experienced was nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to the agony he went through during those 3 hours of darkness.
“On the cross Christ was robed in all that is heinous and hateful as the mass of our corruption poured over him. With horror Christ found his entire being to be sin in the Father’s sight. Wave after wave of our sin was poured over Christ’s sinless soul. Again and again during those three hours his soul recoiled and convulsed as all our lies, infidelity, hatreds, jealousies, murders, and pride were poured upon his purity.” Kent Hughes
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’ ” (Galatians 3:13)
At the same time as this horrendous event was happening something beautiful was taking place inside the temple. There were thirteen curtains in the temple and the grandest and most majestic of those thirteen was located right in front of the Holy of Holies. It was as thick as a man’s hand but God tore it from top to bottom removing forever the need for a human mediator because Christ had become the only mediator needed between God and man.
No longer did the people need priests to intercede for them because Christ had become our true High Priest (Heb. 5 and 8) and no longer was the blood of animals required to make atonement for sin because the spotless and pure blood of Jesus accomplish atonement once and for all!
Paul tells us that we are to boast in this bloody spectacle. It is to be our dearest treasure, the only thing we put our trust in and we are to make it our greatest joy. ( Gal. 6:14)
The cross reveals the seriousness of our sin, the depths of God’s love, and the grace of salvation. We cannot add to our salvation and we can’t take anything away from it. Christ has done it all.
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is history, but it is more than one man’s death. It is the God-man’s death for sinners. It is Christ’s death for me. And over his death we mourn for our sins, while rejoicing in our redemption.
Looking To Jesus,