The Cross—The Glory of God Revealed

Teaching from Jaime Villacorta
Matthew 27:45-53
45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the
land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” –which means, “My God, my God, why have you
forsaken me?” 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save
him.” 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his
spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split 52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
53 They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people (cf. Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49 NIV).

Psa 97:2 2
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

2Sa 22:12 12He made darkness his canopy around him– the dark rain
clouds of the sky.”

I. Humanity’s Condition Revealed! (Job 5:14; Isa 59:9-10; Jer 13:16,
15:9; Eze 32:7; Amo 5:8; Mic 3:6; Mat 27:45; Mar 15:33; Luk 23:44-
45) – 2Co 5:2121 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that
in him we might become the righteousness of God. – At the Cross humanity’s darkest hour is revealed. – At the Cross the darkened condition of the human heart is revealed. – At the Cross humanity is actively engaged in murdering the Son of God. – The Cross is a picture of a world far removed from God. – At the Cross the judgment of God is letting us do what we want
and in so doing our hearts become darkened.

II. God’s “Manifest Presence” or “Glory” Revealed! (Exo 14:19-20;
16:10; 19: 16ff.; Lev 16:2; Psa 97:2; 2Sa 22:12; 1 Kings 8:10-12; Rev

At the Cross the “presence” or “glory” of God is revealed

1Ki 8:12 12 Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell
in a dark cloud;”

1Ki 8:10-11 10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud
filled the temple of the LORD. 11 And the priests could not perform their
service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.

Exo 14:19-20 19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front
of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud
also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between
the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought
darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went
near the other all night long.

Exo 19:16,18 16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and
lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud
trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. . . 18Mount Sinai was
covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The
smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole
mountain trembled violently,…”

Exo 24:15-17 15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud
covered it, 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six
days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD
called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of
the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

III. The Scene at the Cross is as much God Centered (Theocentric) as
it is Christ Centered (Christocentric)

  • Jesus submitted to the Father’s will. This was God’s plan – don’t
    you think that God was very much involved?
  • While Jesus was agonizing and finishing his part; God was also
    tangibly involved
  • How is God involved – can you see it?
    What then? What is the big deal about being in the Manifested
    presence of God? (Mat 21:17-21; Exo 19:16,18; 1Ki 8:10-11) –
  • The example of the Fig Tree – The example of Mount Sanai – The example of the Priests

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