Why did darkness descend at the Crucifixion?
Night goggles permit vision in darkness.
I wonder if Jesus is a Christian's 'night goggles'?
Through Him all things were made… in Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:3-5)
Darkness and light are not able to be mixed, any more than oil and water. And, light is always the victor in each 24-hour tussle.
As Easter approaches the dark/light reality becomes clearer to those that can ‘see’ a man on a cross who should not hang there.
It was in darkness that Jesus died. Although He was crucified at midday, and died at 3pm.
The world was blind to the nature of this noon darkness, but believers need not be. Jesus was, is, and always will be the true Light of the World.
It was this true Light of the World that a threatened Pontius Pilate ‘switched off’. No wonder the day fell into night.
But even amidst the terror and the dark an unnamed soldier could see through the darkness to Jesus… The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said ‘Surely this was a righteous man’. (Luke 23:47)
It is the righteous who see in dark, for they can see Jesus’ righteousness where all others can’t. This why Christians can truly celebrate Easter, while everyone else celebrates only a lazy day or two.
Today's Soul Snippet:
'Jesus always seeks to forgive, just ask Him.'