Jesus dies. It’s the darkest day in the Bible. The saddest story ever told. It’s the model of every story we cry over, the basis for all truth that moves us to our core. It is what breaks our heart, no matter how many times we read it. It is the story of history splitting in two. Jesus dies.
Matthew 27 follows Jesus through the crucifixion. But it only gets 18 verses (vs. 32-50) Have you ever wondered why? Shouldn’t this, the very cornerstone of our faith, be laid out in verse after verse, consuming chapters of the Bible? Honestly, shouldn’t the crucifixion have it’s own book, giving us minute by minute details in real time? If this is what our belief system revolves around, why does it get so little attention in the story?
I think it would, if it was the end of the story. If it was the climax, where the story ran to, it would take pages to cover. But it isn’t. It is only a tool, a step, a phase to get to God’s plan. But don’t miss what all is going on in this short story.
Get your Bible out and read Matthew 27 today. Picture it in your mind. Listen to the emotions, the pain, the loss, the fear. Imagine all of the players in the story, where they are, what they are feeling. And understand it was all a gift. It was a gift for all of us, one that did not have to be given, but was given in love. It is your story. It is what defines you. Read it today, and ask God what He wants you to see in it. Read it several times, and let it soak in.
It is the story in all of our hearts, whether we realize it or not.