Madison Christian Church

Devotional for August 21, 2017

I realize the eclipse taking place today will not result in total darkness. But the solar eclipse hoopla has reminded me of a quote from Julius Africanus who cites the historian Thallus who tried to explain away the darkness during Jesus’ crucifixion. “‘Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun—unreasonably, as it seems to
me,’ (unreasonable, of course, because a solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it was the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died,” (Josh McDowell, A Ready Defense, 201).

There was darkness at creation (Gen. 1:2) until God said, “Let there be light.” (Gen. 1:3).   There was darkness at the time of Jesus crucifixion. “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour” (Matt. 27:45). That was a darkness that lasted 3 hours!   No natural eclipse could do that. This was a foreshadowing of God’s judgment on the wickedness of man. The reality to which that darkness pointed was the darkness many will endure for eternity as they are separated from the presence of Go in eternal darkness. Jude 13 says, “for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever”; Rev. 16:10 “The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.”

These verses should cause us not to stick our heads in the sand but to pray that God would give us one person to reach out to in hopes of rescuing them from such a future.  Is there someone you can invite to MCC with you this week? Pray and be on the lookout. I hope you all have a wonderful week conscious of the Lord’s presence with you. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalms 73:25).