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!”
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. Mark 15:37-41

Jesus’ behaviour on the cross does not make sense in the natural. How can a man dying of blood loss, trauma, dehydration and suffocation keep uttering loud cries? Mark is careful to get this point across. Unless someone dies violently in a healthy body, as life ebbs away, there is no strength to shout, let alone whisper and yet Jesus shouted His victory cry and surrendered His breath to the Father.

Mark doesn’t tell us what Jesus shouted. John records, “It is finished,” and Luke, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit,” as His last words.  It’s no wonder a hardened Roman centurion had to conclude, “This had to be the Son of God.”

What Jesus shouted has huge significance for our understanding of His death. He was completing on earth what was already complete and written into Scripture in the first chapter of Genesis. From God’s point of view, Jesus sacrifice was accomplished before creation so that the price was paid and all sin forgiven before the heavens and earth were ever formed. The historical event being played out here was for man’s sake, so that we could see in the natural what had already been completed in the unseen. And so, Jesus announced to the entire cosmos that everything God had planned through Him had been completed.

Luke’s record focuses on the nature of Jesus’ offering, terumah; the first-fruits that guarantee the harvest; the grain of wheat to which Jesus referred in John 12. The whole sacrificial system was being brought together in this one offering; sin, guilt, trespass, peace fellowship, atonement, terumah, all rolled into one, removing every obstacle to restore fellowship with the Father, reconstituting ECHAD and releasing everything that flowed from that one sacrifice.

Poor fools at the foot of the cross who thought they were so right! They had no idea of the priceless event happening in front of their very eyes!

Luella Campbell

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