The Jewish religious authorities didn’t want the bodies of the three crucified men to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath. So they got permission from Pilate to do two things: to hasten their deaths by breaking their legs, and then to take their bodies down from the crosses right away, before the Sabbath (215).
The soldiers broke the legs of the first criminal & then of the other criminal who had been crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs.
One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side to be sure he really was dead; at once blood & water poured out.
(These things were done to fulfill the inspired scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, “People will look at him whom they pierced.”)
Suddenly, the earth shook & the rocks split apart. When the soldiers saw the earthquake, they were terrified; one even exclaimed: “Jesus really was the son of God!”
At the same time, the huge, heavy curtain hanging in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was torn in two from top to bottom!
Later, graves broke open, and many of God’s people who had died were raised to life! Some left their graves & went into Jerusalem, where many people saw them.
(215) Matthew 27:51-54, Mark 15:38-39, Luke 23:45 & 47-49, John 19:31-37