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What could be better? | Matthew 27:51-54

51 And [at once] the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was [ l ]torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints (God’s people) who had fallen asleep [in death] were raised [to life]; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered the holy city (Jerusalem) and appeared to many people. 54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:51-54 (AMP) 中文

On the cross

Jesus is hanging on the cross. He’s suffering physically and emotionally. And as we just saw, suffering the worst – spiritually – as the Father has to reject Him. In addition to the 3 hours of darkness before He died, some other amazing events occur. Yesterday was “What could be worse?” Today is, “What could be better?”

What could be better?

The temple in Jerusalem is where God was present. He was literally present in the holy of holies above the mercy seat. No one was allowed to enter the holy of holies except the high priest and then only after much cleansing and only once a year on the day of atonement. A veil existed between the holy place and the holy of holies. It represented the protective barrier between sinful man and our holy God.

“God tearing the veil of the Holy of Holies is significant in that it symbolizes that God’s presence was now open to all people and not just the High Priest.” (AMP notes) And the tearing was done from top to bottom, by God. Think about it. This is wonderful news! In the OT, God was always present and loving people but there was a barrier of sin keeping mankind from His presence…and, consequently, Heaven. That barrier is now gone!


If the 3 hours of darkness mid-day wasn’t enough to prove Jesus is Messiah, King of the Jews, God Himself, this earthquake certainly would. This is one of many significant earthquakes in Jerusalem, the most significant will be as Jesus predicted in the end times (Matthew 24:3-8), capped by the worst when Christ returns (Revelation 16:11-21).

Dead men walking

This was certainly a miraculous event – to see the dead rising from their tombs and walking around the city. Matthew, a tax collector and good at documenting, is the only one who records this, which seems odd. I’d have expected Luke, the physician, also. Nonetheless, it served to draw attention to the sacrificial Lamb of God.

First confessions

A Roman centurion was a leader responsible for 100 soldiers under him. He, and some number of his group, witnessed these events in wonder then witnessed to the wonder. It seems like, as TGC suggests, that they became saved: “Indeed, it is most miraculously remarkable that those who “mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29; cf. 27:37), now hail him as God’s Son.” (TGC


  • This is the gospel, the good news. Christ died for the ungodly, sinners, you and me! He fully paid the penalty and suffered the wrath of God for us. If we, “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9) Click here to learn more.
  • As a follower of Christ, we do well to remember our Lord’s death, and resurrection, until He comes again (1 Corinthians 11:26). Don’t just wait until Easter.
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