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Summary: Following Christ in His last days on earth.

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The Declaration Of The Crucifixion Matthew 27:45-53

I. The Assessment of sin (27:45) supernatural darkness

A. The Daytime (27:45a) from noon to 3pm; Luke 23:44

. The crucifixion began @ 9a.m. (3rd hour) Mark 15:25

B. The Darkness (27:45b) extent; over all the land

. Exodus 10:21-24; Joshua 10:12-14; 2 Kings 20:9-11

C. The Definition (27:45c) meaning; symbol of divine judgment

. Isaiah 5:26-30; 13:10-11; Joel 2:30-31; Amos 5:18, 20

. Zephaniah 1:14-18; Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 24:29-30

. 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6

II. The Abandonment of the Sovereign (27:46-49) His departure

A. The Cry (27:46a) loud voice; quoting Psalm 22:1

B. The Communication (27:46b-d)

1. The Language (27:46b) Hebrew & Aramaic (Mark 15:34)

2. The Label (27:46c) he called Him My God

. Didn’t call Him Father; Habakkuk 1:13; Isaiah 53:5

. Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21

. Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 4:10

3. The Leaving (27:46d) Why the abandonment? despair?

. Separation @ His coming - Philippians 2:6-7

. Separation @ the cross - here

C. The Completion - Psalm 22:1 fulfilled

D. The Contempt (27:47-49)

1. The Mocking (27:47) taunting rejection; Malachi 4:5

2. The Moment (27:48) temporary relief

. John 19:28 - I thirst

3. The Mean / Mindless (27:49) thoughtless reckoning

III. The Act of sacrifice (26:50) sacrificial death

. What physical strength! Luke 23:46; John 19:30 - It is…

. Yielded = sending away, letting go, volition; John 10:18

IV. The Access that was started (27:51a) sanctuary devastation

. Inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies

. Symbol of His presence & His separation from man.

. Veil torn; End of external sacrifices

. Entrance of internal worship! Hebrews 4:16

V. The Agitation and splitting (27:51b) soil, sudden disturbance

. 2 Samuel 22:8; Psalm 18:7; 77:18 - God’s appearance

. Isaiah 29:6; Jeremiah 10:10

. Revelation 6:12-13; God’s judgment

VI. The Ascension of some of the saints (27:52-53)

. Subsequent deliverance; resurrection of some OT saints

. Restricted - limited # of saints; taste of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

. After His, starts new sentence; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 22, 51-53


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