A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

The Innocent One Dies

Luke 23:44-49

In three of the miracles that surrounded Christ’s death on the cross, we are reminded about the significance of his death. In the miracle of darkness that covered the whole land, we are reminded that Christ bore the divine judgment of God for us on the cross. His bearing of God’s wrath means there is no more atonement for sins needed. In the miracle of the temple curtain being torn in two, we are reminded that Christ was the final sacrifice for sins and that because his death was final, complete, sufficient and efficient – the way to God is opened for all who believe (not just the high priest once a year). Finally, in the miracle of the conversion of the centurion, we are reminded that God’s grace can penetrate and bring the light of the gospel into the darkest of hearts. We also see the significance of his death in our Savior’s final words on the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” From beginning to end our Lord kept trusting in his Father – even when all was dark. May we see our Lord’s example and trust in the Father as he did – fully and completely, even in the darkest of times.