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Last week we read of Jesus’ last moments before His death. Among the New Testament writers, only John was an eyewitness. But there were many testimonies to Jesus’ death – and to His resurrection – both within scripture and in secular history. And there are three often-neglected testimonies right here in this passage.

The first is the curtain of the temple – torn top to bottom (Mk. 15:38Mk. 15:38
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38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.

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). This curtain was not made of some light fabric. This was a huge, 60′ x 30′ drapery made of 72twisted plaits of 24 threads each, mounted on a gold-coated frame, which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. This curtain symbolized the separation between sinful man and Holy God. Only the High Priest could enter – and only once a year. He had to go through a rigorous cleansing and preparation process, and even then had to tie a rope around himself so he could be dragged out in the event he possessed any sin and God struck him dead. The torn curtain testified to the end of the separation between man and God. See Hebrews 9:11-10:22Hebrews 9:11-10:22
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11 But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, 12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh: 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it. 17 For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” 21 Moreover he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry in like manner with the blood. 22 According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ hasn’t entered into holy places made with hands, which are representations of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place year by year with blood not his own, 26 or else he must have suffered often since the foundation of the world. But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation. 10 1 For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Or else wouldn’t they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is yearly reminder of sins. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. 5 Therefore when he comes into the world, he says, “Sacrifice and offering you didn’t desire, But a body did you prepare for me; 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come To do your will, God.’” 8 Previously saying, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you didn’t desire, neither had pleasure in them” , 9 then he has said, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He takes away the first, that he may establish the second, 10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Every priest indeed stands day by day ministering and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, 12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet. 14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them: ‘After those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will put my laws on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;’” then he says, 17 “I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.” 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 and having a great priest over the house of God, 22 let’s draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and having our body washed with pure water,

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The second testimony was by the Roman centurion, who witnessed the three hours of total darkness (Mk. 15:33Mk. 15:33
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33 When the sixth hour or, noon had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. PM

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), felt the earthquake (Mt. 27:51Mt. 27:51
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51 Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.

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) and heard Jesus’ cry. As he stood before Jesus on the cross, he said, “Surely this Man was the Son of God.” (Mk. 15:39Mk. 15:39
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39 When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

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Finally, Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome, among others. These were the women who saw to Jesus’ needs during His earthly ministry in Galilee. How easy it is to forget those who provide for our care during our lives – we take them for granted. Jesus Didn’t. He saw to it that they were named here at this most important moment in history – and again when He rose (Mk. 16:1Mk. 16:1
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16 1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.

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No just court in the world would reject these testimonies. How can you?