We know of Christ’s death on the cross as atonement for our sins, yes, but I have to wonder if there’s even more to it…something new…check this out:
- Matthew 27 tells us about the curtain ripping in 2, an earthquake, rocks splitting, tombs opened, and resurrections of the saints (immediately after Jesus died)
- Mark 15:33 tells us that at noon, BEFORE Jesus died, there was darkness for 3 hours, but that the curtain tore down the middle as soon as He died.
- Luke 23 tells us that from noon to 3pm, BEFORE His death, there was darkness, and the curtain split in half. (Luke’s events happened before Jesus’ death on the cross)
- John tells us that when Jesus saw that everything was complete, He said, “It is finished”, and gave up His spirit.
Now, here’s my thought: When we compare this to the story of creation in Genesis:
- In the beginning, it was dark…no light. Could the darkness from the crucifixion symbolize the entering of the new age (not the New-Age religion), as it was with creation? Also with that in mind, in the beginning, it was dark…then we read of the creation of all good things. So this new age that we’re all in today (for, many of us see this as the end-times), could it be a symbol of God’s new creation (like God starting over in a sense with something totally new…a new creation)? I read a commentator the other day that suggested this: we were all created in God’s image…and that Jesus is telling Nicodemus in John 3 that he needs to become a new creation (born-again), taking on the image of Christ.
- The earthquakes: could they symbolize re-creation, like restoring land? Remember, in creation, the waters were first, and the land came up.
- The Curtain: In the days of the patriarchs, there weren’t any priests or special places that one had to go to worship or talk to God (because God hadn’t set up that system yet). Now, we have learned that the tearing of the curtain means we no longer have to go through priests or “the high place” to worship, but could this event also be symbolizing God’s returning us to the faith of the Patriarchs? For Christianity is all about having a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The faith of the Patriarchs was also all about their personal relationship with God. Also, Jesus said that we shouldn’t call anybody “master” or “Father”, for only God is our master and father. Nor should we call anybody Rabbi, for Christ is our Rabbi.
- The tombs: Symbols of re-creation of God’s people? As the prophets told of God opening the doors to those who are dead (or without life), which are those who don’t know Christ…like in Ezekiel when God raised up the dry bones…for also, John 1 talks about this when he says that Christ is Life. (And 1 John 5:11-12 tells us that those who have the Son have life, but those don’t have the Son of God, don’t have life.)
Yes, Jesus’ death was an atonement of our sins, but the signs appear to be God’s way of also saying, ‘I Am re-creating everything – making things new.’
So it’s not about “religion” anymore, but a relationship with God. So the Law has been fulfilled, and God’s starting over, a new people, and a new age…just like He did at creation.
We’re in the end days because Christ came, and will come back…therefore, it’s no longer about multiplying and subduing the earth…now it’s about evangelizing and making disciples…the doors have been broken down, and now all are welcome…and those who take on the image of Christ, are the new creation…”I tell you the truth, no one can (even) SEE the Kingdom of God unless he/she has been born again (transformed into a new creation).
What do you think? Any thoughts on this?