Matthew 27:51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" 55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
It has been dark as night for the last three hours - right in the middle of the day! At about the ninth hour (3 pm) Jesus cries out and dies (Matthew 27:45-46). The curtain in the temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom by the invisible hand of God. Only the High Priest was able to go into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for Israel. By tearing the curtain from top to bottom, the Lord made a lasting statement that Jesus had paid the penalty for sin once for all and all who repented and believed the gospel could enter into fellowship with their Holy God.
A great earthquake shook the ground and split the rocks when Jesus died. The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints were raised from the dead in their natural bodies. Think about the reports that began to be spread around and were heard by the centurion keeping watch over Jesus. He and his men were filled with awe and mouthed their belief that Jesus was truly the Son of God. This is historical fact and would have had a great impact on anyone in Jerusalem at the time. Jesus death on the cross was a "noticed" event. After Jesus was raised from the dead, the people raised to a natural life came into town. Imagine the stir that caused when they said they came out of the graves in the dark a couple days previous and then the sun began to shine again.
Many of the women who had served Jesus observed all these things from a distance. We observe them from a greater distance, but with greater clarity given us by the Holy Spirit. We know that two greater things happened that day that were unseen by the human eye. When Jesus died on the cross, all who believed in Him were set free from the penalty and power of sin and Satan (Romans 6:6-7; Hebrew 2:14-15). In the days to come they would begin to experience that freedom and live an abundant life. Are you experiencing the freedom from the penalty and power of sin and Satan? You can by repenting of your sin and believe the gospel that Jesus died on the cross for our sin, rose again on the third day and is Lord (Mark 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9).