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At noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until three o'clock. Then about that time Jesus shouted, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?" Some of the people standing there heard Jesus and said, "He's calling for Elijah." One of them at once ran and grabbed a sponge. He soaked it in wine, then put it on a stick and held it up to Jesus. Others said, "Wait! Let's see if Elijah will come and save him." Once again Jesus shouted, and then he died. At once the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and rocks split apart. Graves opened, and many of God's people were raised to life. Then after Jesus had risen to life, they came out of their graves and went into the holy city, where they were seen by many people.
It is part of the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus that is "uncomfortable" to say the least. When Jesus died graves were opened and "many of God's people were raised to life." The Bible does not explain why this happened or even what it meant, but the impact on the people of Jerusalem must have been dramatic!
Just imagine how you would feel if you were to see someone walking around today who had died and you had previously attended their funeral! I think it may be the reason that the Resurrection of Jesus was ignored by the Romans and the rest of the population of Jerusalem. As far as they were concerned Jesus was just another one of these "zombies" and not a special and eternally significant case!
But for the disciples of Jesus, His Resurrection was startling, amazing and totally life changing, as it is for everyone who believes on Him today!
Whatever the reason for the resurrection of many of God's people when Jesus died, it accomplished God's purpose and was fueled by His Devine power!
It also says this: Because Jesus died and was raised to life you will rise from death and live forever with Him. And many people will recognized that even though you were dead in your sins, you are now alive because of Jesus! That is the core of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
"Lord Jesus, may I live and walk today because You lived, died and rose again! You Lord, are to be praised now and forever. Amen."