Friday, October 15, 2021
37-39 But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. At that moment, the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, “This has to be the Son of God!”
Taken to a Tomb
40-41 women were watching from a distance, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women followed and served him and had come up with him to Jerusalem.
Mark 15:37-41 The Message
Verse 37: But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.
Verse 38: And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Verse 39: And when the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw that He died in this way, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Verse 40: Now, there were also some women watching from afar, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome. Verse 41: When He was in Galilee, they followed Him and served Him, and many other women came up with Him to Jerusalem.
Verse 37 study: When Jesus uttered a loud cry, that is believed to be his last breath. John 19:30 believed his last words were, “it is finished.”
Verse 38 study: A heavy veil hung in front of the temple room called the holy of holies. It is a place reserved by God for himself. Symbolically, the veil separated the holy God from sinful people. Once a year, the room was entered on the day of atonement by a high priest to make a sacrifice to gain forgiveness for the sins of all people. When Jesus died, the veil was torn in two, meaning that his death for our sins has opened up the way for us to approach what God had upon the way. Hebrews 9 has a better explanation. We will study it after the last recorded crucifixion of Jesus.
Father, the veil is not talked about. The veil is a good thing because it gives us access to you. Let us understand and take advantage of coming to you with our sins, our troubles, and how to get out of them. You always have your attention on us, and we don’t take advantage of it to be better. Let us do that. In Jesus’ name. Amen!