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Saturday, March 16, 2013 Posted by Marcel Sanchez | 0 comments

The Hour of Darkness


So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.” (Matthew 27:41-42)

It was an unusually dark hour. Marked by unbelief, torture and defeat, it was a time of great sorrow. For the disciples, it was a time that would almost stand still. It was the hour of darkness. The final chapter on the life and ministry of Jesus was coming to an abrupt ending. It was the moment many of the religious leaders hoped for. It was their hour of triumph. Victory was near. Total conquest was certain. It was almost time to celebrate. The religious leaders could almost taste this great achievement in the palate of their soul. This self-proclaimed Rabbi and Messiah would finally get what he deserved for blaspheming their God—death.

The death of Jesus would come about deceitfully, forcefully and violently. It would give evidence to the great presence of evil and lack of true spirituality in the hearts of men. The cross was the symbol for death. When someone hung on a cross they did not survive. No matter how strong a person was there was no escaping the fury of the cross. The cross meant the death of a criminal.

It was assumed that those who died on the cross were guilty of the charges made against them. The cross was one of the cruelest forms of death known to mankind. It was not something anyone hoped to find within his or her future. It was built for a criminal, but on it hung our Savior and King. The Pharisees were correct in their conclusion. Jesus was unable to simultaneously save his life and save us from our sins. It was either one or the other. If he saved his life from the punishment of our sins, we would be lost today. We would remain in spiritual darkness. Jesus voluntarily offered his life as a permanent sacrifice for your sins. The hour of darkness was difficult, but temporary. The resurrection was glorious and eternal.

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Read: Open your Bible and read Matthew 27:41-54

Reflect: Prayerfully consider the following: How would my life be today if I remained in darkness? What areas of my old self need to die for Christ to live?

Respond: In prayer, ask, “Lord, what do I need to change starting today as a result of these truths? What action steps should I take?”