Darkness for a While

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid. Mark 15:33-47

Yesterday the parable in the earlier part of Mark was about light and darkness. As you read this during what is considered The Holy Week, Jesus would have been crucified and buried. While he was dying on the cross, darkness filled the skies for three hours.

The true darkness was only beginning for Jesus. He was forsaken by God the Father, which is the pain and anguish He expressed while He hung there. For three days the spiritual darkness He would be in spiritual darkness. His followers didn’t have a clue where He was or what was going on. Neither do we though we do see references that He descended into hell (Acts 2:31; Romans 10:7; Ephesians 4:9).

But even with that, He ascended again and was resurrected from the dead.

Yes, He could have ended it all by calling down angels but He didn’t. He did expressly what the Father had asked Him to do.

Those three days of darkness are a mystery to us and probably forever will be. Forsaken and abandoned.

But we do know the rest of the story in this case, so we don’t have to lose all hope.

Just you wait and see!

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