A Weekend Of Experiencing Earthquakes

There's a fault line that runs near us here in southern Iowa, but we very rarely feel any quaking. I remember a handful of times over the years when there were real, shake-the-room earthquakes, but they're really few and far between.

If you live in an area that is more prone to earthquakes, you know their power and the destruction they can do. Homes that aren't built to withstand the moving of the ground will topple and collapse before your eyes. And even if the building doesn't collapse, there will be damage inside as walls shake and floors vibrate.

There are two moments in the Bible when earthquakes held the most power and most meaning in all of history. One was at Christ's death:

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent. Matthew 27:50-51

And the other was at His resurrection:

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the LORD descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. Matthew 28:1-2

In these two significant moments, the earth had no choice but to shake and quake with the power of the Lord. It had no choice but to vibrate as Christ showed the extent of both His power and His love.

Make this a weekend of experiencing some earthquakes in your own faith. Read through the passion week accounts in all four gospels and see how they all weave together. Highlight the passages that mean the most to you and meditate on them. Prepare your heart for Easter Sunday morning, when the church will gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Let the earthquakes rock you to your soul.

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