“Now when the centurion and they that were with Him, watching Jesus, saw the earth-quake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly, this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).

Jesus performed miracles while He was on the cross and even today, He is the miracle worker. All these miracles were according to God’s plan. It was to draw mankind closer to God. The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

           Four miracles happened when Jesus was being crucified on the Cross of Calvary.

1.THE MIRACULOUS DARKNESS: ( ETERNAL REDEMPTION OF GOD). “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour” (Matthew 27:45). The sun was darkened not only in Jerusalem but all over the world that day. Christ had already hung on the Cross for three hours before darkness came. The first three hours were full of activity. The multitude were busy reviling and mocking Jesus. The Chief priests, the Pharisees and High priest were complaining about the superscription written on the Cross and the soldiers were busy dividing His garments. Suddenly the scene changed when everything was cast into utter darkness. They were all transfixed with amazement, except for the sound of the Saviour’s Blood as it dropped on the ground. Jesus said, ‘I must finish the works of Him that sent Me.’ It signifies that Jesus had finished the work of redemption before the darkness came. That’s why Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘It is finished.’ This miracle implies that without the true light, Jesus Christ, the whole world will be in darkness. Anyone who will not accept the Lord as his Saviour, will be in darkness.

2.THE MIRACLE OF THE RENTING OF THE VEIL: (ETERNAL PROVISION OF GOD) “Jesus, when He had cried with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom”(Matthew 27:50,51). The veil signifies that man was separated from God by sin. The veil was four inches thick and sixty feet long and could never have been torn apart by man. But when Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost, the veil was torn from top to bottom. It was plainly an act of God. The torn veil signifies the broken body of Jesus. Just as the veil was torn in two, the body of Jesus was broken on the Cross symbolizing that He is the only way to the Father. Jesus’ death has removed the barrier between God and man, and now we can approach God with confidence and boldness. Now, by the blood of Jesus Christ, we have free access to the Father. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

The renting of the veil has done four things:

  1. The High priest need not carry the blood of animals into the holy place any more.
  2. The mystery behind the veil is opened to all.
  3. The priests can enter safely into the Holy of Holies.
  4. The people in the outer court can now come into the Holy of Holies.

 3. THE MIRACULOUS OPENING OF THE GRAVES: (ETERNAL EXHIBITION OF GOD)“……. the earth did quake, and the rocks rent and the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose” (Matthew 27:51,52). It was the victorious cry of Jesus on the Cross that caused the earthquake. It was so strong that rocks were rent, graves were opened and tombs burst open at the same time, but the bodies of the saints did not come out till the Resurrection of Jesus. The opened graves were meant for exhibition for three days. As the Sabbath was a few days away, they were not allowed to close the graves. The bodies of the saints arose and entered the city of Jerusalem. It testifies that the earth and the grave had no power over Jesus or the saints of God. Even before the stone was rolled away, Jesus had risen in His glorified body. Christ’s death opened the graves, destroyed the power of death and sin. By his death, Hades was opened and by His resurrection, Hades was made empty because He took all the captives captive. This earthquake was not a natural one because: (a) when the earth quaked, the three crosses on Calvary’s hill stood undisturbed. (b) Not all the graves were opened but only the graves of the saints were opened. (c)  If it was a natural earthquake, thousands of people would have been killed. This earthquake denotes God’s Mercy and love for all mankind. Jesus was saying to those who crucified Him, ‘You may have crucified Me, but I don’t want you to die. You may hate Me, but I love you. I want you to live and understand my plans for you.’

4. THE MIRACULOUS RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS:(ETERNAL COMPASSION OF GOD). “….The saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection” (Matthew 27:52,53). By the resurrection power of Jesus, the dead bodies of the saints were raised. The resurrection from the dead is only through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because He lives, we shall live also. At the time of our death, our body goes back to dust, but the spirit goes back to God. If a man is saved by accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, his soul goes to paradise, its resting place, but for the unsaved, his soul goes to Hades, a place of torment, where it will remain till the second coming of the Lord and then his whole body will be resurrected. It shows the eternal restoration and resurrection of God. “…….For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28, 29). The first resurrection is the secret coming of Jesus, where the Church shall be caught up with Him. The dead in Christ will rise first. If you have died in Jesus Christ, you will be resurrected and you will have a glorified body. The second resurrection is for the unbelievers, which is after a thousand years reign. If you are not sure of your salvation, come before it is too late. If you are bound by traditions, come out of it. Open your heart’s door to Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. But if you are a Christian, humbly rejoice for the greatest gift you have received and come closer to Him. Do not lightly esteem what Jesus has done for you on the Cross of Calvary 2000 years ago. He did so much for us on the Cross of Calvary. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is still a miracle working God.

“O death, where  is thy sting? O grave, where  is thy victory?

The sting of death  is sin; and the strength of sin  is the law” (1 Corinthians 15: 55, 56).

In which resurrection will you go?