And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Matthew 27.50-53
This was the narrative Of God changing the world as the people of the day knew it. It was going to be different, they just didn’t know how different. God had changed their lives, for good,pun intended.
By Jesus dying on the cross, things changed, more than you know. Most of us have not understood the ramifications of it all, still yet. So, let’s look back at this historical and momentous occasion and see what it really says to us.
First, let’s look at who Jesus was, and who He was representing as the death upon the cross. Jesus, was a Jew representing his followers of the Jewish Kingdom. He was perfect, He was a follower of the law. He was without sin. He lived a life of moral and honesty that people admired in his community. Jesus was God’s son, was an added bonus in that God sent him to be what He wanted to be, and do the things of God, He was His Image.
Second, Jesus was the perfect example of the system of God’s law, and His people. In Fact, He was the only one to be perfect in the system. There was no one who excelled in the understanding of the law. All God’s people were failure’s in the keeping of the law. It was only God who completed the law’s intention of being Holy. God’s people were unable to follow God’s ways of the 10 Commandments.
Jesus’ death, changed things, no longer was their going to be the ways of Israelite’s and their laws and their markers(circumcision,food laws,Temple) of who they were. Things would have to be different, the old ways did not work for the Israelite’s to follow. It was because of this that things would have to change, more of a bonding or a intimate way to succeed.
Their was going to be new ways to be identified with God, and the mode of knowing God. It started with a man named Abraham. It was his blind ‘faith’ that God recognized as righteousness unto God. God used Abraham, thru his obedience and faith in God for not only himself, but the believers with him. Abraham believed God in his life. It was that simple.
So if this was true, that God’s intended life in him was the faith that could guide us in everything, since God had made everything in our world, God was in control of it, God had only intended for us to ‘have faith’ in Him, the one true God. This would be one of those ‘markers’ of the OT that God used, that failed for his people. God was changing the identity of His people.
Their was a key moment in the story of Peter and Paul in the confrontation of the food laws of the Jews and the ones that could partake of them. It was Paul, Peter and Barnabas that were in Antioch ministering to the crowds there and eating among the jews and gentiles at the tables, when the Jerusalem disciples came to the same spot, and Peter moved from the tables of the gentiles to the table of the Jews, It is this that Paul noticed the action of Peter as not the gospel.
This was another new marker that was being introduced to all, not just the Jewish world. This was the announcement to the world that the gospel was for everyone, we were not to be recognized by food that we ate, as being a member of God’s family but by who we ate ‘with’. After all, isn’t this exactly what Jesus was doing in his journey’s. This was the marker that was telling us that God’s people had changed in definition of not who He had originally selected as the example of His people, but everyone will be His. We could all set at the same table and eat, and be His!
It is also the marker of where the Jewish God was located in the world, the Jews God was in Jerusalem in the Temple, in the Holy of Hollies. It was there that only one person actually could be in the presence of Him. It was the High Priest that was the one that was Holy in every way, that could be in His presence. God’s people were not considered Holy to be in His presence to have communion with Him. It was the High Priest that was being and representative for them to be Holy. It also the High Priest’s duty to go God to give a sacrifice to God for their failure of Holiness, a sacrifice of daily,monthly, and yearly sacrifice’s to God. But this was to be ended, in the crucified and risen Jesus that made the Jews and the world anew. They were a new Creation, all thru the Risen Jesus.
The old Markers have passed away,
Through New Creation comes new identities, the last one is where God is. Jesus’ being His son, changes this, by sending His Spirit into all, John 15.26 tells us that the “Comforter” comes to you that is from the “Father” that He will speak the ‘Truth’, He will bear witness of me! This last statement of this verse may be overlooked in importance in the actual understanding of the identity of God. Think about this, the Holy Spirit is the ‘witness’ to God!! Oh,My! God has moved his identity markers from the three things we have talked about, to actually ‘Himself’ as the witness. God’s human ways have failed and now God is using himself as a ‘witness’, not all the people of the old testament, not of the new testament, nor of the ‘witnesses’ of the ages to come but of actually God himself! Wow, Just Wow.
God has moved! He has moved from the whole world,the Garden of Eden, to a Temple,and now into His creation, Man!! All Men!!
This is the catalyst that God created by the Crucification and Resurrection of His Son Jesus. It was a Miracle, It was a witness, It was New Identity, It was God,having communion with his creation,Mankind. It was God being Himself, thru Love!