And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
I. THE EVENT RECORDED. It meant broadly the end of the age of shadows: the end of the childhood's stage in man's education.
II. THE SPECIAL RELATION OF THE RENDING OF THE WIT, TO THE EVENT WHICH IT ILLUSTRATED. The deep meaning is that it was rent at the crucifixion: it fixes our thoughts upon that death as the end of the incarnate life.
III. THE LIGHT WHICH THIS SIGN FORECASTS ON THE EXPERIENCE, THE HISTORY, AND THE DESTINY OF MANKIND
1. It proclaims that man as man has access to the heavenly temple.
2. That the powers of the world to come have entered into and possessed man and his world. The human is not an outer dependency but an inner province of the heavenly kingdom.
3. The final overthrow and abolition of death. The angel of death advances through the veil to meet us, to repay our tears with glories.
(J. B. Brown, B. A.)
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