Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 17, 2021

Crucifixion Miracles

(3 Minute Read. 17Mar2021)

Mary Magdalene at the Cross
Painting by Signorelli (~1443-1523)

Miracles are a huge part of the life of Jesus. The purpose of the signs, works, and miracles Jesus performed was to confirm His identity and to lead people to believe in Jesus.
But the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
(John 5:36)
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
(John 20:30-31)

As we approach Resurrection Day (Easter) on April 4, I want to consider some miraculous and surprising events surrounding the Crucifixion. These unusual events signified the importance of the Crucifixion. Along with Christ’s Resurrection three days and three nights later, these Crucifixion Miracles contributed to the rapid spread of Christianity across the world.

Seven Crucifixion Miracles

Some of the least-known miracles in Jesus’ life are those that occurred during the Crucifixion.

Before I list them, can you think of seven miracles while Jesus hung on the cross? Most people cannot think of more than a couple.

Matthew, a former tax collector and one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, reported six miracles that occurred in conjunction with the Crucifixion. Luke, a doctor who investigated everything carefully from the beginning (Luke 1:3), added another in his account. Mark and John each report some of these miracles as well.

As you read the snapshots of history from Matthew and Luke below, count the events which could only have taken place through divine, supernatural power.

Matthew’s Report:
At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. “HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET HIM DELIVER Him now, IF HE TAKES PLEASURE IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him. Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” . . . And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:38-46; 50-54)

Luke’s Report:
And one of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? “And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, the sun being obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” And having said this, He breathed His last. Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” (Luke 23:39-47)

How many supernatural events did you count?

Did you spot the seven miracles in Matthew’s and Luke’s reports?

Matthew and Luke between them list these Seven Crucifixion Miracles:
1. Thief on the cross saved.
2. Darkness covered the land for three hours from noon to three.
3. Jesus voluntarily gave up His spirit of His own accord.
4. Temple veil torn in two from top to bottom.
5. Earthquake and rocks split.
6. Tombs opened and dead raised to life.
7. Roman Centurion and his soldiers converted.

These seven miracles are worth examining in more detail, including their implementation, meaning, impact, and significance. I will discuss these Seven Crucifixion Miracles in the ensuing blog articles.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which of the seven miracles would have impressed you the most if you had witnessed the Crucifixion? Why?
2. What Scripture will you memorize today to prepare your heart for a future day of trouble?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the sequels:
Crucifixion Miracle 1: Thief Saved
Crucifixion Miracle 2: Darkness Noon to Three
Crucifixion Miracle 3: Jesus Gave Up His Spirit
Crucifixion Miracle 4: Temple Veil Torn in Two
Crucifixion Miracle 5: Earthquake & Rocks Split
Crucifixion Miracle 6: Tombs Opened & Saints Raised
Crucifixion Miracle 7: Roman Centurion & Soldiers Converted

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Wednesday March 17, 2021 A.D.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

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Responses

  1. It occurs to me that the penitent thief on the cross might well have been saved prior to his execution.

    Where did he learn of Jesus’ kingdom?

    He called Jesus “Lord” (Gr text). How did he know to do so?

    His affiliation with Jesus would not have earned him a reprieve for his crimes; hence, he was crucified.

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  2. You are on my permanent list of FOREVER FRIENDS! John

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