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THE RESURRECTION EARTHQUAKE (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles turn with me to
Matthew 28:1. Today I would like for us to think about
the earthquake that took place at the resurrection of
At the time of Jesus' death on the cross an unseen
hand (which was the hand of God) ripped the veil in
the temple, which separated God from men, from top to
bottom. In Old Testament days no man could walk into
the presence of God. Only Aaron did it once each year
on the Day of Atonement, with blood, and a censer so
that he was covered with the smoke. He then sprinkled
the blood on the mercy seat, walked out, blessed the
people, and said, "Your sins are forgiven you for the
past year." That had to be repeated every year because
God's Word says in the Book of Hebrews 10:4, "For it
is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats
should take away sins." So all the sacrifices of the
Old Testament pointed to the sacrifice of Jesus when
He died on the cross, because His death put away sins
of every human being. God tore the veil in two saying.
"I'll no longer have to hide myself behind a curtain
from sinful men, but I'll come out unto sinful men and
forgive them and save those who believe in the Blood
Atonement of My Son, the death of My Son." Under Old
Testament law, God hid from sinners. Under New
Testament, God, in grace, comes out to save us. Who
wants to go back under law?
At that time, God sent a great earthquake. The rocks
rent, the graves were opened, and some of the dead
saints (people of God, who had died) arose from the
dead and appeared in Jerusalem to people of that day.
The centurion said, "Truly this was the Son of God."
(Matthew 27:54) I was amused at the thought that it
took an earthquake to get a centurion to say, "Truly
this man was the Son of God." For so many people it
takes an earthquake, they have to be shaken, they have
to lose somebod ...
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