As a child i remember if the room i was approaching was draped in dark, i would stop at the door, kinda scoot myself over to the side and do the 180 degree reach in, flip the switch and whamo darkness gone. I just had to be able to see those nasty gnarly snaggled tooth whatevers before i entered. Yea all of us can recall “there’s nothing to be afraid of dear” statements from our parents….bull crap, if you only knew what was swirling in my 8 yr old…sometimes 53 yr old skull you would run for your life hahaha.
Monday the world is churning due to the upcoming eclipse. For a few minutes up to hours depending on your location darkness will come. A different type of switch is being flipped. There was a day when He flipped the switch to darkness to satisfy and bring light to you and me.
Luk 23:44-46 NLT 44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
Listen to what Jesus said in v46 “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands”. Wow some translations have I commit, I give, my spirit into your hands. Im reminded of his conversation with God in the garden before the cross. (my interpretation of the conversation)
Hey dad uh hey i’ve been thinking, and just talking out loud here uh is there any other way to eliminate darkness? I mean Im with ya and everything, but yea heart is pounding outta my chest here, flip my sweat is lookin’ like blood so just thought it would be worth asking if there is another way. God replies: “Son you know this is the only way to completely satisfy and secure eternity for everyone who beLIeVES?
Jesus: yea right right right…but man o man ok….yes your perfect love drives out fear, im pressin in on that dad,..i do trust you, was just wonderin’….i see that we have to walk through unknown knowing you are in control of the unknown…..yes yes you make the unknown known…you are safe and you are light….yes your will not mine…
And then to hear Jesus speak out my God my God why have you forsaken me….the darkness is overwhelming on friday
3 hours. About the time of a football game or baseball game, 3 hours, darkness consumed the land when Jesus took upon him the sin of the world. Darkness much of the time and rightfully so is tied to satan, evil, yet at this time of darkness the curtain of the Temple the very symbol of being separated from God came rippin down. God in this darkness is telling the world that my light overcomes the darkness and through Jesus you have total complete access to me.
v46…..I commit my spirit into your hands
Sunday is coming and the switch is flipped to ON….forever!
You will no longer ever have to reach in and be fearful of what might be in the room, on your path, to turn the light on. The light of me will be within you!
Think of the areas in our lives where we have turned the light off.
maybe it’s a particular talent and gift you have been fearful to share
maybe it’s reconciling or rekindling a relationship
maybe it’s releasing what the future will look
maybe it’s releasing unspoken expectations on others
The switch within us is flipped on gang through our yes to beLIeVE. Graham Cooke shared that we as a body of Christ are the visual aide to the world what the character of God is like. hmmmm visual aide…what is needed to see gang? YEPPERS LIGHT….the switch is ON….let em see ya beLIeVE