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Forsaken in darkness (...2 days to Easter)

Reposting daily through Easter – excerpts from The Cross He Bore by Frederick S. Leahy

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Outer Darkness

   Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
   Matthew 27:45

This was the Passover season. Just before the first Passover a plague of darkness betokened the curse of God upon his enemies (Exodus 10:21-23).

The darkness that enveloped the Saviour at Calvary was clearly a visible expression of the inner darkness that wrung that dread cry of dereliction from his lips: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46)

To be forsaken by God is hell.

...Christ spoke solemnly of ‘outer darkness,’ associating it with unspeakable anguish (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

To redeem his people he entered and endured that darkness.

Now he calls us ‘out of darkness into his marvelous light.’ He is the true light and those who follow him ‘will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (1 Peter 2:9; John 8:12).Cross_He_Bore_Frederick Leahy

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Think about the darkest place you’ve been, and how you felt when you first saw light again.


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