MOONLIT BLACK (Digital, 2016)
The full moon waded between darkening shades of blue. Perfectly round, with its aura of reflected sunlight, I watched it rise and fall behind the clouds. I finished late at work that day, and dropped by the supermarket on the way home. As I placed the bags in the car, I gazed up once more and caught this sight – the illuminating glow of the moon, framed by pitch dark clouds. The reflected light wove its way through the texture of the clouds and I was reminded of something.
[Matthew 27:45-46, 50-51] – “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ …
… And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”
The hour of Jesus’ death was a dark hour – literally, and spiritually. Imagine how His mother, His disciples, and His friends would have felt at the hour of His death. Imagine how Christ would have felt with the weight of every sin laid upon His shoulders – all man’s burdens past, present and future. In this moment, Christ the Son of God experienced separation from God. Yet, only for a time.
Three days later, He rose from the grave. In His resurrection, Jesus showed that He had conquered death and created a way for man to be reunited with God in eternity. He cleansed all of our sins, and clothed us with His life. The veil was torn so that anyone who believed in Christ could be cleaned, made holy, and enter the presence of God. In His death and resurrection, Christ made a way for us to dwell with God for eternity.
[John 1:4-5] – “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Have you seen the light of Christ? Have you experienced the life He gives?