Seeing Through The Darkness of Sin – Sunday Thought For The Day
The final three hours of Christ’s time on the cross were blanketed in a darkness not seen before and not witnessed since. It was not until our Lord, commended His spirit into the hands of His Father, and proclaimed the triumphant words of victory: “It is finished” that the darkness lifted, even as the veil in the temple was “rent in twain.”
As I ruminate upon the darkness that encapsulated the world during those three hours, and the emergence of new light the moment of Christ’s giving up His Spirit and thus experiencing physical death; an expository metaphor persists in my mind.
The darkness, as some believe, myself included, was to prevent those jeering and celebrating His crucifixion from seeing the agony of the penalty Christ bore in their/our place. It was not until the emergence of new light that they could look upon what their sin had wrought.
So it is with the unredeemed, just as it was with we who are saved before we accepted Christ. The darkness of sin blinds us to eternal agony of our actions and behavior. It’s because we cannot see the physical outcome of our sinful lives, that many live behaving as if there is no divine retribution as penalty for their rejection of Christ the Savior, who bore our sins upon that cross. If we could see our actions as God does, we would turn in horror from our wicked ways.
But, the darkness of our wickedness blinds us, thus preventing us from seeing, which would bring about the attempt to at the very least self-correct. But, forgiveness and salvation are based upon faith alone. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Thus it isn’t until we experience the bright light of the “Truth” of God, in the person of Christ Jesus and the efficacy of the calling of he Holy Spirit, that we can see out of the darkness of the sin we are living.
Christ was victorious over sin, death, and damnation. He alone has made it possible for us to live and experience that victory, with one caveat. We cannot receive salvation without faith, and we do not have faith if we do not believe Christ is God the Son and that He was crucified, dead, buried and resurrected for our sins.
When the darkness cleared those millennia ago, the promise of Salvation was completed. We must chose to walk in darkness or live in the glorious light of the new birth on earth and experience eternity in the majesty and unfathomable glory of the presence of our Father God in glory and the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a choice that each person must make personally. There is no infant salvation and there is no salvation by association. There is one mediator between God and man, it is Christ Jesus; and He doesn’t share that position.
Luke 23:44-49 KJV
44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here