The Power of the Cross

Yesterday and today's readings from Matthew 27-28 show the amazing power of the cross.  Something that looked so weak and unimpressive was God's incredible way of rescuing us.  As Jesus died on the old rugged cross, the eye witness Matthew helps us understand what was happening. Jesus was forsaken by God (27:46) so that we don't have to be, and as he died the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  This was an enormous curtain that prevented unholy people from entering the most Holy place in the temple, it was like an enormous 'No Entry' sign.  Yet as Jesus breathed his last the curtain was ripped in two, from top to bottom, from God to man. The No Entry sign ripped in two, the way to God is now open through Jesus.  

At the same time something else incredible happens, there is an earthquake and tombs split open, and those who had trusted in the coming messiah were raised to life (27:52), the resurrection was coming!  This is wonderful news to all who trust in Jesus, and especially for those who have lost loved ones who trusted him. There is a resurrection, Jesus' death and resurrection mean the way to God is open and there will be a wonderful reunion with those who have gone before us.  

Here's a great song reflecting on this truth, I pray it's a blessing to you:


Here are the lyrics in full:

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood. 

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross. 

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow. 

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love. 

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost! 
We stand forgiven at the cross.