Good Friday, March 30, 2018

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15: 33-34

Jesus was dying on the cross. He had hung there for three hours. A thick darkness came over the land, and this happened when the day should be at its brightest. Was it a thunderstorm? There is no record of lightning or thunder. It wasn’t an eclipse. It was Passover, so it was full moon. A solar eclipse can’t happen then. Was it the last gasp of Satan’s attempt to put out the Light of the World? Was this darkness the Father anger? “You are killing My Son!” In the prologue to his gospel John writes, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.” (John 1:5 TEV)

As the darkness lifted, Jesus grieved that his Father had abandoned him. Jesus had taken all our debt of sin upon himself to the cross. Our Holy Heavenly Father could not look on this terrible amount of sin even in his Son until the debt was completely paid. When Jesus said, “It is finished!” the debt was paid in full with interest.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, you accepted the torture of the cross for us. Thank you for taking our sins upon yourself and paying the ultimate price for OUR debt. Please guide us by your Holy Spirit through this life to eternal life with you. Amen.

Tom Hefelfinger

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