Matthew 27:51-66

  1. What is the significance of the torn curtain of the temple (verse 51)?
    Cf. Heb. 9:8; 10:19-23.
    How are the manifestations recorded in verses 52, 53 linked with these truths?
  2. What made Joseph of Arimathea (and Nicodemus, John 19:39) come out into the open at this late stage?
    Is it not at first sight strange that they should now publicly associate themselves with Christ?
    What, in the purposes of God, did such a burial demonstrate and make possible?

Note. Verse 62. ‘The next day, the one after Preparation Day’: it looks as if, in their concern to safeguard the tomb, the Jewish leaders even broke their own sacred Sabbath laws.