“O Temple, why do you frighten us?”


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“So! You who are going to destroy the temple and construct it in 3 days, 30 come down from the cross and save your self!” Mark 15:29-30
That there was a substantial seismic occasion that occurred at the time Jesus died, is reported in the Gospel of Matthew:
“The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open.” (Matthew 27:51-two)
and has been verified by geologists:
“Annual layers of deposition in the sediments close to the Red Sea reveal that at least two important earthquakes impacted the core: a widespread earthquake in 31 B.C. and a seismic occasion that occurred sometime among the years 26 and 36. “The day and date of the crucifixion (Superior Friday) are recognized with a fair degree of precision,” stated geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical. .. When information about the Jewish calendar and astronomical calculations are factored in, a handful of doable dates outcome, with Friday, April three, 33, getting the very best match, according to the researchers.” (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/report/earthquake-proof-may perhaps-reveal-precise-date-of-jesus-crucifixion/)
There was also, abruptly, a terrible darkness that descended on Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified, about 12.00 noon till he died at three.00 pm:
“At noon, darkness fell across the complete land till 3 o’clock.” (Mark 15:33)
And there is added-Biblical proof for this, also:
&quotCirca AD 52, Thallus wrote a history of the Eastern Mediterranean planet from the Trojan War to his personal time. This function itself has been lost and only fragments of it exist in the citations of other people. One particular such scholar who knew and spoke of it was Julius Africanus, who wrote about AD 221. In speaking of Jesus’ crucifixion and the darkness that covered the land throughout this occasion, Africanus identified a reference in the writings of Thallus that dealt with this cosmic report. Africanus asserts: ‘On the complete planet there pressed a most fearful darkness and the rocks had been rent by an earthquake, and a lot of areas in Judea and other districts had been thrown down. “ (CARM, Matt Slick, 2008)
This darkness couldn’t have been an eclipse. Even if cosmological events and alignments had been favourable for a total eclipse at this time, in this area (they weren’t) the darkness triggered by a total solar eclipse could only final a couple of moments. Not 3 hours. Dust storms are also proving really hard to blame for the phenomenon – even though the earthquake would definitely have shaken factors up a small. Science can’t clarify the darkness that fell on that spot for the duration of the final three of the six hours throughout which Jesus hung in agony from the cross. According to Mark, “It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.” (15:25)
For Christians, even though, this inability to uncover logical and scientific causes for a supernatural darkness is corroboration of its supply God’s judgement of mankind and the reaction of the planet as its creator turned His face away from it and all who inhabited it – such as His personal son, the scapegoat and ultimate great sacrifice in atonement for our sins. If 1 believes Jesus is the son of God and He assumed the sins of the planet that we could possibly be saved, then it is completely credible that darkness should really mark the occasion.
And what of the rending in two of the Jewish Temple Curtain, as reported in three out of the four Gospels? Effectively, the following is fascinating:

Possibly the most significant corroborating sources for uncommon phenomena in the temple about the time of Christ’s crucifixion are the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmud. These sources are crucial due to the fact they explicitly indicate a time reference that corresponds to the date of Jesus’ crucifixion. Also, as sources preserved by rabbinic Judaism, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud do not face the charge of getting tainted by later Christian interpolations. We will appear first at the Jerusalem Talmud. In Tractate Yoma six:three we study: “It has been taught: Forty years just before the destruction of the Temple the western light went out, the crimson thread remained crimson, and the lot for the Lord normally came up in the left hand. They would close the gates of the Temple by evening and get up in the morning and find them wide open. Mentioned [to the Temple] Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai, “O Temple, why do you frighten us?”… (A thing AWRY IN THE TEMPLE? THE RENDING OF THE TEMPLE VEIL AND EARLY JEWISH SOURCES THAT REPORT Uncommon PHENOMENA IN THE TEMPLE About AD 30: Robert l. Plummer Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky)
The supernatural phenomena reported by the Talmud contain accounts that the Temple doors – normally locked at evening – “opened at evening on their personal in an inexplicable manner” (Plummer, ibid). The Western Light, a menorah flame that remained lit for supernaturally extended periods, refused to be re-lit and when it was, extinguished itself the red cord that miraculously turned white every Atonement Day, remained red. All indicators occurred 40 years just before the destruction of the Temple:
“…The Babylonian Talmud offers added proof for supernatural phenomena in the temple about ad 30. In Tractate Yoma four:1 of the Babylonian Talmud, we find this report: “Our rabbis have taught on Tannaite authority: Forty years just before the destruction of the sanctuary, the lot did not come up in the suitable hand, and the thread of crimson by no means turned white, and the westernmost light by no means shone, and the doors of the courtyard would open by themselves.” (Plummer ibid)
But if practising Jews 2000 years ago and nowadays have closed their eyes to the proof that Jesus of Nazareth was their Messiah, is it any wonder that atheists do? Even Thomas, Jesus’ Disciple, did not think in the Resurrection – in spite of Mary Magdalene’s eye witness testimony – till Christ appeared to him and invited Thomas to insert his fingers into his wounds:
“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and place my finger exactly where the nails had been, and place my hand into his side, I will not think.” (John 20:25)
This Easter, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will bring about scales to fall from our eyes, and the shields of cynicism or indifference from our hearts that the pride that tends to make our necks stiff will fall away like armour, and we will surrender to the truth that saves us. When we do, the proof that Jesus actually was – and is – the son of God will be overwhelming. We will marvel at our preceding obtuseness and cry out like the Centurion at the foot of the cross,
&quotSurely he was the Son of God!&quot (Matthew 27:53)
and fall to our knees like Thomas, in abject penitence, to affirm:
“My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
and on the immediate, no matter how lost we had been, we will be saved.
&quotJesus answered him, &quotTruly I inform you, nowadays you will be with me in paradise.&quot (Luke 23:42)


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