three hours of darkness


December 2015 (13)Mark 15:31-33

31 And in the same way even the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He delivered others; he cannot deliver himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. 33 And as soon as the sixth hour had come, there was a darkness over the whole land, lasting until the ninth hour.

three hours of darkness

The three hour eclipse during Christ’s crucifixion was so deep that even the full moon didn’t show. It was a sign that our Lord was not as impotent as the reviling crowd thought. It was not helplessness that kept him on that cross. It was love for the world that had rejected him. The darkness he had felt in Gethsemane, the world itself felt at his crucifixion.

The light of the world was gone. He had come into the world as a light, but we loved darkness instead, because of works are evil, and darkness hides them. But the darkness that day revealed not only our sins, but the tremendous price that Jesus had to pay to atone for them.

LORD, come again. Return the light to our darkened world.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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