Miracle of Darkness
Matthew 27:45-46 “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Things Jesus said before the darkness arrived.
Sixth hour (Noon) – Jesus had been on the cross now for three hours.
Thoughts on darkness
Some say it was an eclipse – Not during full moon (Every Passover)
Some say it was a storm – Luke 23:45 – For the sun stopped shinning
OVER ALL THE LAND
Could be just Israel
Could be over the entire earth
Was it total darkness?
2. He took our sin
Isaiah 53:6 The lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Old Testament Sacrifice
Sin committed could be unintentional, doing what is forbidden, being unfaithful, or deceiving others (Leviticus 5:14-6:1)
The process of making a sacrifice
Jesus is the…
Pure and sinless offering
The sins of the whole world are placed upon him
He was killed once the sin was placed upon him
3. Separation from God
What was the first thing that Jesus said after the three hours of darkness?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from God
It wasn’t the nails that held Jesus to the cross, but his love for you and me.