Posted by: New in Every Way | March 26, 2013

The Clash of Light and Darkness

It appears I bragged a mite early about Kentucky weather. The past week has been the coldest yet, and the last day and a half have featured heavy snow showers. However, the daffodils are in full bloom, and they don’t appear to mind the snow. 🙂
Kind of like Good Friday. There was nothing but gloom and despair in the disciple’s hearts. But before the day was over, Father God rejoiced.
 

Read Matthew 27:45-54.                      

Sunrise over Cross

It was high noon, but an uncanny darkness gripped the land. At about 3:00 p.m., Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (verse 46). A short while later, he cried out again and yielded up his spirit to God. As he did, the earth quaked, rocks split, the veil of the temple was torn in two, and many dead bodies were resurrected.

At first glance, it appears that the darkness of those few hours and the cataclysmic events afterwards were a sign of the grief and anger of God as he watched His Son suffer and die. Yes, those three dark hours were no doubt a supernatural expression of God’s anger toward sin and agony over his Son’s suffering. But I believe there is another reason for the darkness. It is found in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” No wonder there was no light on the earth during those three hours. The Light of the World had taken on the darkness of sin.

What of the earthquake when Jesus died? Was it still part of God’s anger? Think about this: it is not reported that the earthquake caused any harm. It brought dead people out of their graves, alive. It also tore the thick veil of the temple.

Before this time, only the High Priest could enter through the veil into God’s presence in the Holy of Holies.  But when Jesus cried, “It is finished!” (the plan of salvation had been accomplished), God, by means of an earthquake, tore the veil to the Holy of Holies. What a gesture! The Son took the sin that had separated us from God, and the Father threw open the door. His Son’s suffering had ended, and now his other children could come home.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18, emphasis added).

The Light had triumphed, once for all. Now darkness can no longer hold those who believe on Him.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).

When Jesus entered the world, the night sky in a nearby field was flooded with his light. When he left, he took our darkness with him. Do we struggle with sin-consciousness? Low self-worth? Lack of confidence to be a mighty man or woman of God? He took that with him. We don’t need to take it back.          – Celia Willard Milslagle

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Adapted from Streams of Living Water: A Daily Guide to Devotional Meditation onGod’s Word by F. Burleigh Willard Sr. and Celia Willard Milslagle.

 

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