Mark 14-16 ~ THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS, THE SERVANT
‘It was 9 o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.’ MARK 15:25
‘At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until 3 o’clock. Then at 3 o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, ” Eloi, Eloi, lem sabachthani?” which means ” My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?”‘ MARK 15:33-34
Jesus did not ask this question in surprise or despair. He was quoting the first line of Psalm 22. The whole psalm is a prophecy expressing the deep agony of the Messiah’s death for the worlds sins. Jesus knew that he would be temporarily separated from God the moment he took upon himself the sins of the world. This separation was what he had dreaded as he prayed in Gethsemane. The physical agony was horrible, but the spiritual alienation from God was the ultimate torture. STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE ~ Mark 15:34
‘Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.’ MARK 15:37-38
A heavy curtain hung in front of the temple room called The Most Holy Place. A place reserved by God, for himself. Symbolically, the curtain separated a Holy God from a sinful people. The room was entered only once a year, on The Day of Atonement, by the high priest as he made a sacrifice to gain forgiveness for the sins of all the people. When Jesus died, the curtain was torn in two, showing that his death for our sins had opened up the way for us to approach our Holy God. Read Hebrews 9 for a more complete explanation: STUDY NOTE: MARK 15:37-38
I will continue with HEBREWS 9, after our Easter Study.
Stay tuned for Matthews Version of the Resurrection next.