READ Luke 23:44-49
Light and darkness hold a unique place in the Scriptures. We’re told throughout that God is light, and that in Him there is no darkness at all. God promised His people that He would send a Savior who would “turn darkness into light before them,” and that when the Savior came that everyone would say, “those who walked in darkness have seen a glorious light.”
And Jesus came! The light of the world, as He put it, came and illuminated every dark corner of our hearts and our world.
It should not surprise us, then, that the earth falls dark on the day her Savior dies. The text tells us that the sky surrenders to the darkness as Jesus breathes His last, and the sun that God spoke into being fails. Darkness entirely enshrouds this midday moment, as the Light of the world is snuffed out.
But … “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
The light is not overcome! While the sky fell dark on that dreadful day of death, the curtain of the temple tore in two. The curtain that enclosed the holiest place of God’s dwelling was flooded with the light of the outer courts – for the first time! The thick partition that kept the Holiest of Holies separate from the pedestrian courts of the temple was symbolically and fundamentally torn away. By the death (and coming resurrection) of Jesus, the separation between God’s dwelling place and our own ceased to be necessary. By Christ’s sacrifice, we have gained full access to God’s presence. The light is not overcome!
In what areas of your own life do you need to invite the light of Christ to shine?
Thank Christ for His sacrifice. Thank God that you have full access to His presence – through Christ and by His Spirit.