Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Darkness Came Over the Whole Land

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What happens when humankind tries to extinguish the Light of the World (John 9:5)?

The gospel-writer, Mark, records that during the time Jesus was dying, a plague of darkness covered the land. (Tweet that!)

"At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour" (Mark 15:33).

This was not the first time a plague of darkness covered a land. Around 1500 years earlier when the One True God displayed Himself in the land of Egypt and went to battle against the false gods of Egypt defeating each, one at a time, the ninth of the ten plagues was a plague of "darkness that can be felt." Here are the words of Moses describing that time:

"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.' So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived" (Exodus 10:21-23, NIV 1984).

When Jesus hung dying, when the Light of Life (John 8:12) was dimming and going out, a similar plague of darkness covered the land. (Tweet that!)

The prophet Amos also speaks of darkness covering the earth in broad daylight in a time which I believe is future to us:

" 'In that day,' declares the Sovereign Lord, 'I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day,' " (Amos 8:9-10, NIV 1984).

We cannot live without light. Do you have Jesus, the Light of Life? (Tweet that!)

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