Matthew 27:45-54 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[j] lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink.49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.” 50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
Christianity in a nutshell. This passage exposes the holiness and anger of God. A God who simply cannot tolerate the presence of sin to the point that He would turn His back on His own Son. It points to God’s love. Love so great that it would cause a Holy God to send His perfect son and the love of Christ, willing to go to the cross even if it meant leaving perfect heaven. It shows our hopelessness. The fate that we deserved. But at the same time it clearly shows the grace we’ve been given. Grace so great that God no longer sees our horrible sin that deserved eternal death, but instead when God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ. All of eternity past and future converged at a single pivotal moment. Through faith in this passage we are reconciled to God. Its nothing less than life-changing! Amen?