Luke 23: “The Veil Was Torn”

Have you ever seen those strong men who can tear a phone book in two? It’s pretty cool at face value, but there’s really not much to it when you learn the trick. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to be incredibly strong to tear all those pages, but you don’t necessarily need Herculean strength. It would be cooler if you saw a person tear an iPad in half… now we’re talking!

In our reading today we are confronted with many images that require our attention. Whether its Jesus standing in front of Pilate or Herod, or Simon of Cyrene carrying the cross behind Jesus, we are forced to not simply gloss over these scenes and really think about the power of each moment. One of these powerful moments comes at verse 44 in Luke 23:

Luke 23:44-46 (NLT) 44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

All of creation since the beginning of time has awaited this moment. I can’t imagine the very moment when the covenant was fulfilled and the Son of Man died for the sins of the world, but imagine with me the sight and sound of the veil being torn in two in the temple. Continue reading Luke 23: “The Veil Was Torn”