DARKNESS COVERED THE LAND
Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
(Mark15:25 Third Hour cf Acts 2:15 - 9:am- 6th hr = 12:00 9th Hour = 3:pm)
~ Total darkness was reported as 2 minutes 43 Sec or less 8/21/2017
~ Maximum length for a Solar Eclipse 7.5 Minutes.
~ Longest Recorded one - 6 min. 54 Sec - 3/7/1970
~ Longest Solar Eclipse from 4000 BC to 8000 CE 7/16/2186
IT WILL LAST 7 MIN 29 SEC (NASA.GOV)
But the darkness that the gospel writers speak of was not a solar eclipse … …
IT WAS AN ACT OF GOD!
“Albert Barnes” — Matt. 27:45
This could not have been an eclipse of the sun, for the Passover was celebrated at
the time of the full moon, when the moon is opposite to the sun. Luke says Luk 23:45
that “the sun was darkened,” but it was not by an eclipse. The only cause of this was
the interposing power of God - furnishing testimony to the dignity of the sufferer,
and causing the elements to sympathize with the pains of his dying Son.
Three Hours of Darkness occurred @ crucifixion.
~ Mathew records no sound from Jesus or the crowds during this time.
3 hour for the savior to suffer
.. A collage student in a experiment was tied to a wooden cross, not nailed but tied
with ropes. He lasted less than five minutes.
NEARING THE END OF THE THREE HOURS OF DARKNESS:
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,
"ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is,
"MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?” … (from Psalm 22:1) .
John 8:29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
Jesus knew all about loneliness but here in these three hours He was to experience it.
….. IT BROKE HIS HEART…
HE DID IT FOR US! FOR ALL OF US! FOR EACH & EVERY ONE OF US!
Another article of the eclipse and the darking of the sun at the crucifixion can be found Apologetic Press
Bitterness, defined is: anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.
And a deeper study reveals that underneath bitterness is PAIN. And from pain unresolved, stems fear, not love.
We can be bitter, angry, disappointed on an emotional, spiritual, or physical level.
Evidences of Bitterness
- • We may be bitter about abuse we’ve experienced
- • We may be bitter about any situation where we felt we were given an unfair treatment
- • We can be bitter toward our parents for how they treated us
- • We may be bitter about problems in the church, people who’ve let us down
- • We may be bitter because someone we trusted, loved…rejected us, turned us down
Either way, it stems from a resentment, pain, disappointment because we didn’t get justice, or at least our sense of what “fair” looks like.
You and I often deal with bitterness in a way that seems right to us. Tell me if this sounds familiar:
somebody does us wrong and we gossip about it, stew over it, wall off, get bitter…
We know we can’t be angry, wrathful, so we feel pretty good about being bigger than the other person…
we don’t lash out at them. Victory for God, right? But in our heart is a bitter feeling toward that person.
Unresolved. We will “forgive,” but we won’t forget—after all, they owe us something. They better not do it again.
They have a mark on their record with us—but who’s counting?
Maybe we aren’t even that far. Maybe we’re still stuck on avoiding them, cutting them off.
We’re mad and they need to know it because they have to notice I’ve pulled back from them.
After all, they deserve it.
I’m right. Maybe they’ll ask me why I’m ignoring them. Then, I can let them have it. Justice.
But you see, here’s the problem. Bitterness FEELS right because it FEELS like JUSTICE.
Ephesians 4: 31-32
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.