Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. – Matthew 27:45-50 (NLT)
Jesus was on the cross for about six hours before he died. He died at 3 pm or the ninth hour of the day when he yielded up his spirit. This shows that even his own death is subjected to his authority. Jesus gave up his spirit at the exact time that First Century Jewish historian Josephus says the daily sacrifice was occurring in the temple. This symbolizes Jesus taking the place of all sacrifices ordained by God in the Old Testament. All of the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Jesus fulfills the Old Testament sacrificial system.
How does Isaiah 53:5 sum up Jesus’ death. What stands out to you in this verse? What is the peace and healing we get from him being pierced and crushed?