And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:50-54

It was through the Red Sea that God led His people out of slavery. It was through the desert that He molded and shaped a generation primed for the challenge of battles ahead. It was through obedience and contention that God made His promised people heirs of the promised land. And it was through Jesus Christ that God once and for all led captivity captive.

And Jesus knew that He had to go through the cross. Jesus was giving His life as a ransom for many. His life for ours was the only way through our certain death.

In the beginning, it was God who breathed His breath into man. Once more, our life depended on the breath of God. This time it was the last breath of Jesus Christ given up on our behalf. And immediately the result of this was felt. Earthquakes. Resurrected dead. The presence of God was no longer hidden behind the temple curtain. And all this was just the beginning!

DO THIS TODAY: Reflect deeply on what Jesus experienced. Pray to Him with gratitude.