It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. (Luke 23:44–45)
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. (Matthew 27:51–53)
Reading the Gospels’ accounts of the crucifixion can be overwhelming in terms of the amount of information presented. For that reason, I had never paid too much attention to the strange and mysterious natural events that occurred during Jesus’ last hours.
It was as if Mother Nature, God’s created Earth, was making some strong statements during those hours surrounding Jesus’ death.
Can you imagine the overwhelming fear that would have been felt by the witnesses when they saw darkness––at noon? The three Synoptic Gospels mentioned the darkness that took everybody by surprise.
We need to keep in mind that the likelihood of having an earthquake and a solar eclipse is extremely small. In fact, I don’t believe that there has ever been reported these events happening almost simultaneously.
But speaking about earthquakes, I have witnessed several in my native country of the Dominican Republic and let me tell you, it is very scary! The vibration of the floor produces a very scary sound of impending doom.
I must admit that the earthquakes I witnessed were minor ones. I can't imagine a quake that splits rocks in halves.
How can anybody fail to be convinced by this unprecedented (and never since repeated) cluster of natural and supernatural events that appear to have been orchestrated around the agony Jesus was enduring?