The 9th Hour: It Is Finished

From childhood to this very day, I cannot fully watch a reenactment of the crucifixion without having to look away nor without weeping. How must it have been for those who were there to witness it? What rending of hearts, the awe and terror.

Matt. 27                                                       From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.                                                                 …And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At the 9th hour of prayer (3pm)                                                              He  Declared “It is finished” and gave up His Spirit.  “It is finished.” found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, a term that means “The Sacrifice Is Accomplished” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was paid in full, completely and forever.  He fulfills the Passover. 

Just as the blood of the lambs over the doorposts of the Hebrews in Egypt, that death would pass over them…. the Blood of this perfect lamb of G-d, sacrificed, covered us.  

At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. splitand the tombs broke open.

The veil of the temple separated The Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary that housed the Ark Of The Covenant where the Spirit of G-d appeared, so sacred that only the high priest could enter once a year. The veil, 30 ft high, was ripped from the top to the ground!

Reconciled, the Spirit of G-d, would no longer dwell in a buildings of wood and stone, no longer separate Himself from His children but welcome them unto Himself, dwell with them and within them.

Psalm 22

All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him.

…Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!


  1. Amen! Thank you Laura for sharing the emotions of that fateful day. When we look at the many scenes from this day, we may forget the rest of the story . . . for a moment. All of this brings out the Resurrection with even more intensity.

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  2. Add me to the group of non-watchers of the crucifixion scene. Such horror is beyond comprehension. / You have me thinking, Laura, about the temple curtain, which was as thick as a hand is wide! (What human could tear through such thickness?!) I’ve read that the high priest Caiaphas would have been ready to enter the Holy of Holies (as part of the Passover celebration) at the ninth hour when Jesus died and the curtain ripped. What a shocking thing it must have been for him to watch! I wonder, did Caiaphas and the other priests conjecture how such a thing could have occurred? Did they have the curtain repaired? Did news spread about the strange event and offer more proof of Jesus’ identity as the Son of God? Unanswerable questions for now; one day we’ll know!

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    • What a horrific epiphany it must’ve been I’d the had at that moment realized what they had done! Could you imagine? Or were their hearts so hardened that even then, they rejected? What a thing to ponder!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to talk with me 💕

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  3. Yes, watching the crucifixion will always stir my heart and make my eyes weep.
    Happy Easter Laura to you and your family. Thanks for your touching Easter posts! ❤


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