Why Did the Veil Tear in Two at the Moment of Jesus’ Death?

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split,” Matthew 27:51

Matthew, Mark, and Luke documented the tearing of the veil in the temple after Jesus’ death on the cross. 

  • “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom,” Mark 15:38 reads. 
  • Luke wrote, “for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:45). 
  • John simply records Jesus’ last words, “It is finished,” and “with that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30).

The Apostle Matthew left a historical trail of Jesus’ death by recording the events that immediately followed. John, perhaps tied in knots of emotion as he remained at the foot of the cross with Jesus’ mother as He died, can only move on after mention of His Savior’s last earthly breath before the crucifixion. 

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