Scripture selection: Luke 23:44

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

It is a terrible and simultaneously wonderful part of the story.

Jesus dies on the cross – breathing his last breath as he commits his spirit to God the Father.

At the same time, the heavy curtain which separated the people from the Holy of Holies in the temple is torn asunder.

There could be no more dramatic, supernatural event than this one which so clearly demonstrates that all barriers between a sinful people and God have been done away with.

Only once a year could the High Priest enter this most sacred part of the temple and there atone for the people.

Now, Jesus has done that, once and for all – in His death.

There is more to come.  The people will still wait in darkness while Jesus body is in the tomb for three days.  Resurrection will come – but they will have to wait for now.

Nevertheless, the great good news of the gospel has been loudly proclaimed for the entire world to hear – at least those who will hear in faith.

Torn, the curtain is no more.

So is that which keeps a broken people from a loving and forgiving God.

It is finished.

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