Luke 23:44-49: The Death of Christ


The darkness
The curtain
The cry
The centurion


What is the significance of the death of Christ? What is accomplished in the death of Christ? Luke answers these questions for us as he retells the story of Christ’s death on the cross picking out significant details which answer these questions. In our section there are four things that happen which underline what the death of Jesus accomplishes. The darkness indicates that Jesus took the curse and judgement of God; the temple curtain tearing indicates that Jesus has opened up the way to God; the cry of Christ ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,’ indicates the reconciliation of the Son to God; and the confession of the Centurion indicates that Gentiles can become the people of God. These then will be our four headings, the darkness, the curtain, the cry, the centurion.