Jesus has died and his body is now safely in the donated tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
As Jesus was led from the Garden of Gethsemane, he was heard to say, “But this your hour, and the power of darkness” (Luke 22:53). It is the hour for the power of darkness to be revealed.
As we have been sitting with Jesus at the table, we have been reminded over and over again how Jesus is sitting with men whose lives are filled Satan, with evil, and with greed. Their hearts hunger for power, for military strength, and economic security. They represent all of humanity in its complexity to be their own persons without any divine involvement. They represent us in this 21st century. They demonstrate our spiritual bankruptcy. We are a people who live in this hour of darkness.
We cannot quickly leave this dark place for if we do, we will soon return because we will have not fully learned the lessons the darkness has to teach us. We cannot fulfill this word of wisdom, “Do not forget in the light, the lessons learned in the darkness,” until we sit and absorb the lessons we are to learn in the darkness.
Wherever you are today, turn off the light, if you can, and sit in the darkness with Jesus.
Ronald Friesen © 2015