On Good Friday, my Lord and Savior suffered the punishment I deserved so I could be reconciled to God. My heart grieves that I caused Him that pain and suffering, but it grieves me even more when I know of people who harden their heart and don’t accept His sacrifice. Then they wonder why a loving God would send people to Hell when He suffered the punishment for our sins. If we don’t accept that sacrifice, then we accept justice from a Holy God.
I’m also amazed at people who don’t believe Jesus is God. Even on the day He died, He showed Himself to be God.
Matthew 27:50-54(NRSV) Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
When Jesus died, He chose the moment to breathe His last breath. As soon as that moment came, the world exploded. The veil in the temple that kept us separated from the presence of God was torn in two. There was a great earthquake and rocks split open. Then dead people rose from their graves and walked around and talked to people. This event, the death of Jesus Christ, caused such a roar in history that dead people couldn’t stay in their graves.
I love that the centurion got it. He said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” What I don’t understand is why the leaders who were standing in the temple when the veil split and the families of the people who rose from the grave didn’t get it. It makes me think that maybe they did get it but didn’t want to understand what was happened.
Sometimes I wonder if, even today, the people who don’t get it just don’t want to accept Jesus as Lord. Believing in Him is not hard to do. What’s hard and what we resist is that if we believe in Him, the only logical response to what He’s done for us is to give Him our lives, to surrender everything to Him. And sometimes we don’t want to do that.