Search our site:
Come and join us!
Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM
(Sunday School following)
You are welcome to join us on Sunday, or stop in for a chat! We want to meet you!
On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
April 17, 2019
The Day Jesus Was crucified
The Bible tells us that on the day Jesus was crucified, there was darkness over the land from about noon till three PM, the very hour Jesus died. Some people have long tried to explain this as an eclipse of the sun, or some other natural phenomena. Maybe it was, and maybe it wasn’t. We were not there, and those who were there did not have an understanding of eclipses as we do. But one thing is certain, the spiritual darkness that covered the earth that day was overwhelming. It was so powerful that it overtook the physical light from the sun and kept the light of the sun from shining on Calvary, on the dark deed of killing God. The sun refused to witness the execution of the one who created it, and all of nature turned its face away from the gross betrayal of Justice on that Good Friday as the creator was pierced and hung on a cross to die.
The Bible also tells us that there was an earthquake. As the precious life blood of Jesus, the sinless Son of God, dripped from his wounded body onto the ground, the earth trembled and quaked from the terror of having to receive the blood, the divine life blood, of the one who created it. All throughout the history of the world, the earth has been forced to open its mouth and swallow the blood of millions of its inhabitants. From the blood of righteous Able, through countless wars and murders, to the innocent blood of the martyrs, the earth has opened its mouth and swallowed the blood of those who walked upon it. But never had the earth tasted divine blood, the blood of God, the blood of the one who created it. And when it did, the earth trembled and shook in fear and terror.
It was not only God’s faithful ones who trembled on Good Friday, as they watched the Son of God agonize and die on that cruel cross. All of creation trembled with them! And it was not only the injustice of killing the creator that overtook creation, it was the fear that if God, the God of creation, the God of Love, the God of Justice is now dead, what future is there for creation? There is no hope of redemption. There is only darkness, deep, profound darkness. There is only fear and quaking that goes to the very core of creation if all that is left is evil, and if that evil begins to rule and have its way with what God once created as good.