“At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?” Some of the people standing there heard him and said, “He is calling for Elijah!” One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make him drink it. But the others said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah is coming to save him!” Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.”
Matthew 27:45-50 GNB
But it’s what happened next that is so significant.
“After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men. The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.” So they left the tomb in a hurry, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
Matthew 28:1-8 GNB
This is where it gets interesting.
How many people do you know die and come back to life?
How many people do you know predict their own death, predict their own resurrection, then die just as they said they would, then rise back to life just as they said they would?
This is why so many people – myself included – follow Jesus Christ: King, Lord, Saviour, God, the Way, the Truth, The Life.
The Alpha and Omega.
The Beginning and The End.