Day 33: When Darkness Fell | 40 Days of Focus
There were several miracles that happened during the hours of Good Friday: the healing of the servant’s severed ear, the earthquake, the tearing of the temple curtain, the raising of the dead, and the darkness that enveloped the land between noon and 3 p.m. (according to Tertullian, this was a worldwide event).
There are several theories advanced about why the darkness occurred. Some have said it was the Father’s veil on the suffering of Jesus as He bore the sins of the world. Others propose that it was a supernatural sign of God’s judgment on man for rejecting His Son. Yet others advance the idea that it was a display of glory.
We may not be accustomed to thinking of darkness and glory together, but if you study the subject of glory you will find many links. Moses endured a darkness on the mountain so deep it could be felt (Exodus 20:21), and Job said that God wraps darkness around Himself like a cloak (Job 38:19). Even the plague of darkness in Egypt was a display of both God’s glory and His judgment. That is what we see at the cross. The glory of God’s love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, willingness, humility—and the judgment of His wrath for our sin being poured out on His beloved Son on our behalf.
- For three hours Jesus hung in the darkness, bearing the wrath of God for your sin. What does that tell you about the glory of God? About His wrath and judgment? About the seriousness of your sin?
- When you think about God’s glory being present, even expressed, in darkness, how does it help you when you face dark times in your life?
Lord, there truly is both the terror of Your wrath and the splendor of Your glory in the darkness of that day. We are sobered when we think of Jesus taking onto Himself the fury of that wrath for our sin—for those You have redeemed. “Thank You” is insufficient, yet we cannot fail to say it—forever! Let Your glory shine through the darkness that we may give You the worship You deserve for the price of this redemption.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries