Posted by: peebles | April 21, 2011

Mark 15:33 (DARBY) And when the sixth hour was come, there came darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

This is power-packed verse from Mark 15:33 speaks volumes of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. The Jewish day starts at six am in the morning. First of all it is a fulfilment of scripture from Amos 8:9 (NIV) I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the whole earth in broad daylight. Jesus Christ was crucified upon Calvary outside the city walls of Jerusalem.

However Dionysius who lived in Helipolis within Egypt at the time wrote this, ‘Either the God of nature is suffering or the machine of the world in tumbling into ruin.’ Another Greek pagan who lived in Egypt at the same time as Dionysius recorded, ‘There was a darkness such like either the deity himself was suffering at that moment, or he sympathised with someone who did.’ Also a Roman astronomer called Phlegon wrote, ‘The greatest eclipse of the sun that the world had even know happened when Jesus died. This was so, since the day turned into night and stars even appeared.’

At noon is seem like midnight as if no one was allowed to witness what was happening to this man. It was as if the curtains of heaven were closed, pulled over a cruel mattress of death. The battle of Golgotha’s hill took place that day, and the enemy and all his cohorts were there, chief and head among then was Satan; driving forward his evil minions, shouting the rally call,’ Fight neither small nor great save only the King of Israel.’ So terrible the battle so ferocious the fighting, so many the enemies that surrounded the cross of Calvary. The enemy had his dark-poisoned arrows aimed at Jesus, then with one evil word, they were released, so countless the number of them that flew into the air, that they blocked out the sun.

The Father could no longer to watch the agony of His Son on the cross. For three hours the darkness of mans sin, in all its hideous forms, was placed upon Jesus. Every sin, every sickness, every disease, all pinned on Jesus. The darkness covered the whole earth. As Jesus cried out in Mark 15:34 (KJV) And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The Bible tells us in Isaiah 54:7 (NIV) “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.

Then Jesus cried out in John 19:30 (NIV) ‘It is finished!’ The price had been paid! The redemptive work of the cross was complete. The Greek word of it finished is, ‘telelestai.’

Many years ago an archaeologist was digging up a site in Egypt and discovered an ancient office of a tax collector. At the same spot they also found a large number of bills and across each bill, time and time again was this one word, ‘telelestai-paid in full.’ On the cross of Calvary Jesus paid the price of the sin of the world in full. He lay down His life, He give His life, so we would never have to live in darkness, but live in His light of life. Then three days later, bursting fourth into to glorious day up from the grave He rose! A victorious risen Saviour, the victor over death hell and the grave.

My friend, the darkness that which covered the earth on that day lasted only three hours, but the redemptive work of Jesus lasts for all eternity. All of us at one time lived under the covering of sin, our lives shadowed by the darkness of sin. But when Jesus came into our lives He dispels the darkness and brings the glorious day, the beginning of a new life in Him walking in His light of life. The Bible says in John 8:12 (NIV) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

May you enjoy His redemptive work for you, may you accept Him as you Saviour and be free from the darkness of sin, and live in His light of life.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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