“It is finished!” Jesus said.  (John 19:30)

Jesus was hung on a cross to die.  At the sixth hour (noon), the land became dark.  The sun remained darkened until the ninth hour (3:00) when the earth trembled and shook, the veil (curtain) in the temple ripped in two, from top to bottom, Jesus, knowing that ll things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled…He said, “It is finished!”  And bowing His head, He gave up his spirit. (John 19:28,30)  He breathed his last breath, and died. 

Having witnessed these events as Jesus died, one of the centurions glorified God when he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)

Personal thought: Though the physical darkness of earth was lifted at the ninth hour (3:00), with Jesus’ death there must have been a great “darkness” of heart for all who loved and followed Jesus.  Their time of grieving began. 

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