(51-56) The temple curtain was what separated the holy place from the most holy place. This was symbolic of the separation between God and humanity. The death (and subsequent resurrection and ascension) of Jesus the Christ did away with that separation forever. Now, not only are holy priests the only ones able to go before God, but ordinary people – like me and you – can go boldly to the throne of our gracious God and receive His mercy, and find grace to help us when we need it.
Notice also that even nature was affected by Christ’s death. The earth shook and rocks split at the sight of the Creator of the universe hanging helpless on a cross.
(57-61) Jesus Is Buried
The tomb that Joseph of Arimathea put Jesus in was new and expensive. He actually had it built for his own burial, but decided to lend it to the Son of Man who had no place to lay His head while He was alive. Joseph of Arimathea did not have to give the tomb away completely, he only had to lend it, because Jesus only needed it for three days.
(62-66) The Guard at the Tomb
By asking Pilate for soldiers to guard the tomb, the chief priests and the Pharisees were actually showing belief in the words of Jesus the Christ. They had more faith that Jesus would rise from the dead than His own disciples.
Favorite verse: (51) And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.