The Florida International Airshow over the blue skies of Charlotte County Florida was a tremendous success this year. The Air Force Thunderbirds were part of that airshow. Various planes from different time periods performed difficult and stunning maneuvers. However, the highlight of the show featured the jet team of the Thunderbirds. You could feel the earth shake as the jets soared close to the ground.
The ground shaking power of the Thunderbirds reminds me of a far greater ground-shaking event. Our Lord and Savior went to the cross and died for our sins. When our Lord was on the cross the scriptures record that several supernatural events occurred. An overspreading darkness was in place while our Lord was dying for our sins. As soon as Jesus breathed His last, the veil of the temple was torn from the top to the bottom. The Bible also tells us that the ground shook when Jesus died. Matt. 27:50-51 says: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”. God shook the earth to picture the depth of evil in the heart of men who would crucify the Son of God. Man was shaking his fist in the face of a loving God. The ground shook not only in revulsion to sin, but it also shook at the redemption of man. Romans 5:6-8 tells us the ground-shaking power of the cross: “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
The Thunderbirds put on a great show over the blue skies of Charlotte County. However, Jesus’ death on the cross was history’s greatest ground-shaking event. Believe Him, receive Him; God shook the earth to save your soul.