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Day of the living dead
Posted: Apr 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments |

There are so many strange things that are recorded in the Bible. That is why I cannot understand why anyone would say reading the Bible is boring. Really? Reading the Bible is boring? How about the part when Moses stands in the Red Sea and in splits in two? Or the part where Samson kills a whole bunch of Philistines using a donkey’s jawbone? Or how about the part where God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Yep….I said it. Her name was Gomer. You can’t make this stuff up.

The Bible is the most entertaining, exhilarating, life-giving book on the planet. There is an event that takes place in Matthew 27 that absolutely floored me when I read it the other day. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have read through the book of Matthew and never noticed this before. Matthew 27 tells the story of Jesus dying on the cross. After he was put on trial, beaten severely, paraded and mocked while carrying His cross down the Via Delarosa, Jesus hung on the cross for hours just waiting to die. Can you possibly imagine what He must have gone through? The Bible says that He was beaten so severely that his friends couldn’t even recognize him. After Jesus finally breathed His last and died, Matthew records 4 amazing things that took place.

1. The curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. This was significant because at the temple, there was a curtain separating the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The Most Holy Place was where the spirit of God rested with the Ark of the Covenant and only priest could enter that chamber once a year to offer atonement for the sins of the people. When that curtain ripped in two, God was saying to us that the separation is now over. No longer do we need a priest to intercede for us. Jesus intercedes for us and we have direct access to the father through Him.

2. Darkness. Jesus breathed His last breath at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Can you imagine complete darkness in the middle of the afternoon? I remember being in Fort Myers, Florida during hurricane Charley. The storm came through in the early afternoon and was accompanied by darkness. I remember the strange feeling that came with watching complete darkness in the middle of the day.

3. After Jesus died, the earth began to shake. We have seen the devastation of what can happen with an earthquake. Don’t you think people would have put two and two together? At the exact moment that Jesus died, the veil in the temple ripped in two, complete darkness covered the land, and a catastrophic earthquake shook the ground to its core. And that’s not the end of it!

4. Listen to what Matthew says in his gospel in chapter 27:52-53

“52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”

Holy Moly! Dead people were walking around the city. They got out of their graves and began walking around talking to other people in Jerusalem. Can you imagine that scene? People would be saying, “hey isn’t that Uncle Festus? Didn’t he die 4 years ago? What in the world is he doing walking around?” That would freak me out!

Here is the kicker: In spite of all of these miracles happening at the culmination of when Jesus gave up His spirit, there were still people that refused to believe. How often does that happen in our lives? God comes through for us time and time again. He shows himself faithful time and time again. And yet there is a world of people that look at God, shrug their shoulders as if to say, “yeah….so what.”

I challenge you to always keep your eyes poised and ready for the miracles that God shows us each and everyday. The bottom line is that God can tear curtains in two; make the day turn into darkness; cause earthquakes and raise people from the dead before our very eyes. The only thing He can’t do is make you believe. That, my friends is up to you.

With Expectancy!


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