When Darkness Reigned

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Matthew, Mark and Luke all mention the fact that there was a supernatural darkness which descended upon the whole land while Jesus hung on a bloody cross, suspended between heaven and earth.

This demonic darkness fell during midday, from 12 noon until 3 o’clock in the afternoon, highlighting the supernatural nature of this event. Three hours of the blackest night and deafening silence.

How do we explain this darkness?

What was taking place during this cosmic blackout?

Luke gives us an idea. On the night of His betrayal, Jesus is greeted by “a contingent of Roman soldiers and temple guards.” (John 18:3) This would have been a minimum of 200 Roman soldiers!

As the troops arrive to arrest Jesus, he asks, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?  Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.” (Luke 22:52-53)

From this moment on, the time when the power of darkness reigns, all the fury of hell is unleashed upon Jesus.

He is …

Falsely condemned.

Slandered.

Mocked.

Spit upon.

Beaten beyond recognition.

Crowned with thorns.

And then the verbal abuse and mockery ensues.

And then comes the darkness.

Satan has one burning and all-consuming passion – to exterminate, once and for all, the Light of the world.

As we gather this Good Friday, we will celebrate all Jesus accomplished for us through His sacrificial death and we will rejoice in the good news that, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5)

If you are free, please join us this Friday @ 7pm at Living Stones Church for an evening of worship and celebration as we reflect on the glory of the cross.

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