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Discover the Book - Apr. 8, 2009

  • 2018 Apr 08

He Died and Was Buried - The Exact Confirmation of Christ

The Gospel is powerfully presented in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – ‘For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:’

Note the Three Elements as Paul lists them:

  • that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
  • and that He was buried,
  • and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

I would like for us to take a look at Christ's Death from this passage. We have seen in the past days that there were many amazing, miraculous and profound details that God's Word records. We can say that Christ DIED for our sins according to the Scriptures.

On the day that Christ died there were Five Supernatural Signs that accompanied Christ's Death. Do you remember them?

FIRST , The Day Darkened. Matthew 27:45 now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. (KJV)

  • Since Jesus was the Light of the World – God the Father stopped the light of the Sun.

In Genesis the First thing Jesus did at Creation was to “Let there be Light” - The Work of Creation was done in the LIGHT. But from the Cross He reached up and snuffed out the Light, because the work of Redemption was so horribly costly it had to be done in the Dark. God let no one see the turning of His back upon the Son!  

At His birth He put a new star in the sky; at His death He snuffed out of the sky our brightest star. What a mighty miracle, what a sign to mankind that they were murdering their Maker. So He reached up and touched the Sun. . .

Second, The Curtain Torn   Matthew 27:51a And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom (KJV)

  • Because Jesus was the New and Living Way to God – God the Father tore the Temple Curtain open.

With an unearthly sound that massive curtain was violently torn from top to bottom. Aghast, as for the first time in nearly 1,500 years common people looked upon the ark and the mercy seat and God’s throne of grace and mercy. As God said ANYONE WHO WISHES MAY COME NOW. YOU ARE WELCOME ANYTIME.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

Aren’t you glad we live on this side of Calvary? He reached up and touched the Sun; He reached over and touched the Temple . . .

Thirdly - The Earth Quaked . Matthew 27:51b  and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (KJV)

  • Because Jesus was the Creator of the Universe – God the Father had the Rocks cry out declaring His Praises.

At the Palm Sunday Triumphal entry Jesus said to those criticizing the shouts of Hosanna:

Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (KJV)

Here at Calvary, the greatest moment in History and not one person would cry out His glory. It was only days before that thousands and tens of thousands thronged Him crying HOSANNA, and treated Him as a King. But now no one raised a voice in protest of this crime so, since no one else will speak up God chose -

  • A dying thief to seek Him as Jesus the Savior, and cry out REMEMBER ME.
  • A pagan Roman Governor to place over His head the declaration He was the Messiah, Christ.
  • A calloused soldier at the foot of the Cross to confess Him as Lord, the very Son of God.
  • And He reached down and touched the rocks, and they convulsed - CRYING OUT THEIR WORSHIP OF THEIR MAKER.  

Fourthly, The Graves Opened - Matthew 27:52-53 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (KJV)

  • Because Jesus was the Resurrection and the Life – God the Father touched the Graves and brought forth from the dead saints who had died in faith.

Jesus had said some pretty big statements in His ministry. He had made some absolute promises that needed confirmation. The biggest were about life and death and the power of the Grave. So how would the Lord assure the many who believed on Jesus? They were about to plunge into one of the most intense times of persecution of all times until the end of days. Look back again at v. 52-53. Note in your Bibles the word MANY. Many saints’ dead only hours or buried centuries ago, in graves around Israel were touched from the Cross by Jesus.

After that great earthquake as people began to go out to survey the damage they noticed something strange. All over Israel from Dan to Beersheba, north to south, top to bottom - graves had burst open. Perhaps they could see bodies or just bones turning to dust. But Jesus had touched the graves.

So MANY were raised and many came to be witnesses of the miracle of Calvary.

So He reached up and touched the Sun, He reached over and touched the Temple, He reached down and touched the Rocks, He reached under and touched the Graves and . . .

FINALLY,  The Centurion Saved . Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (KJV

  • Because Jesus was the Lamb of God dying for the sin of the World – God reached down and touched the heart of the Centurion at the foot of the Cross.

A centurion was trained never to fear. As the most trusted of the soldiers of Caesar’s Legions, these were the men who looked death in the face unflinchingly. They would lock their mighty shields in battle and March against countless foes and never fear.   Have you ever paused to think about this scene? What amazing events these must have been to make a tough, calloused and hardened centurion to FEAR GREATLY.

This soldier had been born somewhere in the Empire. Perhaps his father was a legionnaire. He listened to the stories as he grew up about the wonders of Ancient Rome. It nobles, temples, virtues and fearless legionnaires. As he grew perhaps his father took him to the Holidays and at an arena he saw gladiators fighting to the death and mighty horse and chariot races.

Then he chose to become one of Caesar’s finest and the barracks became his home. He was taught to discipline his body, to obey orders and to fight without fear. He learned to kill, to drink and to curse by the gods. He was calloused and hard. A SOLDIER OF ROME. As he distinguished himself in his duties he rose to become a leader of a hundred, a Centurion.

One day on the bulletin board of his barracks and notice was posted dispatching him to the most despised corner of the Empire - Palestine. But not the lovely coastal port of Roman Caesarea, no of all places on earth he was being sent to Jerusalem. A city seething with religious fanaticism and zealots and ready to explode at any moment. A place where Rome was not respected nor obeyed. He served Caesar in Jerusalem.

One morning the Roman Governor Pilate summoned him to his palace. “Take these three and crucify them and report back when they are dead.” Who were they? It didn’t matter. 30,000 had already been crucified. It was just a job. One of them thought he was some kind of a King. Well we will show Him what Rome thinks of rival kings.

But now its 3 PM, and listen to the record God gave us of what happened:

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.


I have often wondered what it was like when he went home after this tour of duty. People came up to him and said you are different. What happened? I can hear him say:

I met a man at a place called Calvary.

He was dying on a cross of wood.

That man was GOD.

And that God changed my life!

Hallelujah what a Savior!

Have you met Jesus? Has He changed your life?

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