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THE DARKNESS

HID FROM HUMAN EYE

Luke 23: And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

I am reading a book about the miracles that occurred during the crucifixion of Christ and this part about the darkness that covered the earth just grabbed ahold of me. This is so heavy!

Here is an excerpt.

Again, the darkness wrapped Him all around. Just at His most excruciating sufferings the darkness shut Him off from all witnesses. This, the impenetrable secrecy of those last hours, is that which gives to our

imagination the most appreciative idea of what is yet inconceivable. Throughout the previous hours, in whatever suffering He expressed, He was exposed to view. But it was not for human eye to see Him in His superlative anguish. The man’s sensibility could not have done justice to that. If His life of suffering as the Sin-bearer stamped itself on His very face, as Isaiah seems to say in his fifty-third chapter, and if it caused Him to be recognized as having no beauty that men should desire Him, then those last hours in which His sufferings culminated must have stamped themselves on His person in impressions proportionate to their unapproached severity. Gethsemane is described, but not the latter half of Calvary. Peter, James, and John were admitted into His privacy of suffering in Gethsemane, but God at Calvary drew the drapery of darkness around Him to hide Him from human gaze. Oh, the mysteries of that suffering! No eye of man might see them. Only at the last may be heard one loud cry of unfathomable woe and uttermost desolation. Yet, in that cry is the accent of assured victory.

“Why hast thou forsaken me” has coupled with it the shout of confidence “My God, my God!”


Nicholson, William. The Six Miracles of Calvary (Moody Classics) . Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.


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