LHM Lenten Devotion – April 11, 2014 “Miraculous Signs”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Miraculous Signs”

April 11, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Matthew 27:51-53TEXT: And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And 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 (Matthew 27:51-52).

During the early hours of Jesus’ crucifixion, it was easy for the Jewish people streaming into town to conclude He had been a fraud and a fake. To all appearances His claim to be God’s Son had finally caught up with Him because God had cursed Him and permitted that horrible death. They interpreted all the evidence they had seen as proof of Jesus’ guilt.

Then came the supernatural miracles that accompanied His crucifixion and death. First, was the three hours of ominous, supernatural darkness. Then at Jesus’ death a great earthquake struck the city, splitting the rocks apart. The Jewish religious leaders got a sign of their own-the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Finally, the earthquake broke tombs open and many dead saints came to life, appearing in the city to others after Jesus’ resurrection.

After seeing all these events the centurion and his soldiers said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Luke notes the reaction of the crowds that stood there witnessing these things, “And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts” (Luke 23:48). Beating one’s breast was a demonstration of profound grief, fear and regret.

These miracles didn’t convince everyone, but they were powerful signs that God’s Son was sacrificing Himself for our sins. A miracle even more clear was coming in three short days.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the signs that accompanied Your Son’s suffering and death and for His resurrection, which proved You accepted His sacrifice. Give us confidence in Your forgiveness. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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