Mark 15:33–41 (ESV)
The Death of Jesus
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take
him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly
this man was the Son of God!”
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was
in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
The beginning of Psalm 22 begins “ 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken
me?” These very words are found in verse 34 of today’s reading. When Jesus said these words, it is like a bolt of lightening connecting Jesus to Psalm 22. Any knowledgeable Jew would make that connection. Jesus is basically
saying I am the Messiah, I am the Son of God, I am the fulfillment of Psalm 22, and I am dying for the sins of the world! There tearing of the Temple curtain is another big event. The curtain separated the Children of Israel from the Ark of the
Covenant. When Jesus died, the curtain is torn and God is no longer separated, but people have access to God. And in the words of a Roman centurion, he proclaims “Truly this man was the Son of God!” The interesting thing is the
Bible says the wages of sin is death. Yet Jesus was without sin... so how could he die? He died by taking on himself all of our sins and substituted his perfect life for our sinful lives. This was his plan of Salvation. But will it
work? Well that is coming up.
I pray: O Lord, you took my sins to the cross without even asking me. I realize that I played no part in your plan of taking on my sins. I realize that
I play no part in my faith, it is a gift from you. In fact, you knew me and chose me before the creation of the world. All I can say is thank you for your mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and giving me eternal life. Amen.