Friday, March 23, 2018
BEHOLD THE CROSS: BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL
At noon, the whole country was covered with darkness,
which lasted for three hours. At three o'clock, Jesus cried
out with a loud shout, "Eloi, Eloi,lema sabachthani?" which
means, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?"...
With a loud cry, Jesus died. The curtain hanging in the
Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The army
officer who was standing there in front of the cross saw
how Jesus has died. "This man was really the Son of God!"
Mk 15: 33-39
The darkness over the whole land stresses the importance
of this time of salvation of humanity. It also alludes to
Amos 8:9... "The time is coming when I will make the sun
go down at noon and the earth grow dark at daytime, I the
Sovereign Lord has spoken." The story takes place in the
fulfillment of the divine purpose as disclosed in the Old
Jesus goes out in extreme agony, "My God, my God, why
have you abandoned me?" This is a very touching moment
of the Crucifixion of Jesus. The most precious blood had
flowed for salvation, as Christians attest and believe.
Mark wrote about the rending of the Temple curtain in two.
This is the veil which covers the Holy of Holies, where God
dwelled from the perspective of the Old Testament. The only
person who can enter this sacred place is the high priest. He
interceded for the nation during the Day of Atonement. The
torn veil is significant because Mark is stressing that now,
all have access to God via the death of Jesus. It is the end of
the Temple cult.
All fall short of the glory of God. The good news is: All have
access to God. Jesus made it possible, but faith and trust in
Him is needed.
Have a Spirit-filled Holy Week!