Today’s reading: Mark 14:27-15:41
My selection: Mark 15:37-39
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
My reflections: Mark records succinctly these events around Jesus’ death: a cry, a final breath, the curtain tearing in the temple, and the centurion exclaiming that He was truly the Son of God. Although Mark doesn’t expound on the meaning of the curtain being torn in two, Jewish readers would have understood immediately that this referred to the curtain which separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies in the temple. The curtain hid the place where the High Priest entered with fear and trembling annually, on the day of atonement, to offer a blood sacrifice for the sins of the people. Jesus’ death opened the entrance into the place where God’s presence was accessed.
Here is the most significant event of human history, the event upon which the salvation of a vast host from every tribe, tongue, and nation depends.
It is hard to say anything more about this, but rather to sit, silently, and stare in wonder at the words on the page.
My challenge: Are you not overwhelmed to think God took on flesh and lived among us, but even more overwhelmed that He died opening the way for us to the Holy of Holies in the temple? Let us never lose that sense of amazement and wonder!
Tomorrow’s reading: Mark 15:42-Luke 1:56