Three Hours One Friday!

cross-78000_640And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

Luke 23:44-45

Luke 23:45 is an interesting verse. It describes what happened as Jesus hangs on the cross. In one verse, that is often simply overlooked, Luke describes what happened to Christ and what happened for his followers.

The Darkness- We often hear that God turned the lights off so that he would not have to look at His Son who had taken upon him the sins of the world. That might be so. But maybe these three hours of darkness, from twelve noon till three o’clock, was the expression of the imposing of judgment upon the lonely, outcast Sufferer. It was three hours of Jesus being alone with God. His dealings with men were finished, now he is dealing with God alone, with God for men. He is under the judgment of God and the wrath of God is being poured out on His Son. So as this transaction between God and Jesus takes place, the sun was darkened.

The Veil- With one bold stroke Luke unites two great phenomena of that hour. While this darkness covered Jerusalem, the veil in the Temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was torn into, from the top to the bottom. What a wondrous combination. Darkness for him, and a rent veil for you and me! Darkness for him, light for us; exclusion for him, access for the sinner; judgment for him, freedom for us; suffering for him, salvation for us.

That’s what happened on a Friday long ago and it’s effects still thunder in the world today.

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By lakeviewbc Posted in Easter

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