Picture in your mind what it must have been like in Jerusalem April 7th 33 AD…
- The Gospel writers tell us that during the crucifixion the bright mid-day sun was totally obscured from noon until 3:00PM so that the whole land was in darkness.
- At the precise moment of Jesus death the thick curtain in the Jewish temple which separated the holy of holies from the rest of the temple was ripped from top to bottom.
- A massive earthquake split rocks open and broke open many tombs.
- From those tombs the many dead were risen to life and appeared to people all over Jerusalem.
All of that happened during the crucifixion but John did not mention any of that in his Gospel. As we explore John’s description of the crucifixion, unlike Matthew, Luke, and Mark, John will not focus on all the chaos surrounding the cross. John’s account is much more intimate. It is like we are right next to the cross.