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?”). [Mark 15ch33-34]
A dark time for all around, for the followers, for relatives and friends, for believers, the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus was as appalling as life could get. People were numbed with grief and pain and just could not understand how could this happen? The entire narrative is found in the Bible and I recommend that you read Mark chapter 15 in its entirety in order to gain a sense of the unfair trial and the awfulness of the final hours of Jesus.
Yet, it was not the end as so many thought. The Jewish Authorities were sure that they “sorted out” a problem and felt that they would soon be back to “business as usual”. How wrong could they be in their assumption; within 30 years the Temple and their way of life would be gone. Jesus rose from the dead, empowered his Disciples, sent the Holy Spirit to encourage and support all Christians in their faith journey and growth.
It was not the end for the Disciples and family of Jesus either. The darkness did not stay for ever, it was a time to be lived through, terrible as it was, but it was not the end, Jesus did not stay on the cross and we are reminded that after the darkest night comes the brightest dawn. [Remember verse 5 of the opening words of John’s Gospel – “5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit.”]
In our situation now there is darkness, a shadow which is ever near, the not knowing just what will happen and how things will work out. However, the darkness will never prevail, never overcome us, never overwhelm us when we have a faith in Jesus the light of the world. There will be a bright new day to come when we will meet up, when the church will ring with our voices, when people can go out when and where they wish. This freedom when we do come through this time will be all the sweeter because of our experiences and the fact that we have held on to our Saviour.
LET US PRAY
Hard as it is for us to contemplate the awfulness of the sacrifice of Jesus, help us to face the reality of His Love for us in all that He did for us. Help us to see the light in the darkness, like a candle-flame in a window, a sign of Hope and safety. We pray for all those who mourn this day that they might be comforted with your love. We pray for those who carry the light of Your love to neighbours in reaching out with phone calls or emails, or physical help to those most in need. We pray for the lonely, the hungry, the homeless that the agents of care official or unofficial may give the help where it is most needed. Bless each one of us Loving God, be with us in our faith journey and in our everyday journey. We ask in Jesus name AMEN
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