We trust and pray that you’ve had a blessed week so far. This morning, let’s take a moment to look at today’s passage of Scripture.
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33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
As you wait upon the Lord, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal his truths for your life today here are some incredible things to ponder. In all, Jesus spoke seven times from the cross. Mark records only this one. Jesus was experiencing the alienation from God which sin inevitably brings. He tasted both physical death and spiritual separation from God’s manifest presence, feeling the bitter desolation of alienation from a holy God. He was a ransom for many (10:45). Yet, in His deepest sense of abandonment, He still said “My God…” There was no renouncing of His absolute faith in His Father.
In verse 38 it tells us that the inner veil of the temple, separating the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place, was split from top to bottom. This shows that it was God’s mighty hand that had done so. It was the final day of Atonement, making useless all other sacrifices for sin. The way to Holy of Holies was now being opened for all.
Read Mark 15:33-39 again and ask yourself these three questions:
- What did it mean then?
- What is the timeless truth?
- How does it apply now?
Use the acronym S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S to apply to your life, what you’ve learned:
S – Is there a sin to confess?
P – Is there a promise to claim?
A – Is there an attitude to change?
C – Is there a command to obey?
E – Is there an example to follow?
P – Is there a prayer to pray?
E – Is there an error to avoid?
T – Is there a truth to believe?
S – Is there something to praise God for?
Remember our memory verse for this week:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”- James 1:22 (NIV)
May God bless you richly,
Pastor Todd Fabiano
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