Journey to the Cross part 10

Growing up I was what the church would call an acolyte. Sunday mornings one of my brothers and I would bring the flame to the candles on the alter as a symbol of God entering the room, and relight our wick at the end form the same candle, snuff out the candle and carry the light out of the room as a symbol of God leaving the room. It served as a reminder that we were to take God with us into the world as we left the building and that where two or more are gathered in God’s name, there He would be as well as found in the book of Matthew.

Here is another account of Light being snuffed out.

From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

—Matthew 27:45-54

Here not only is the Light snuffed out, but the hope of the disciples as well. They no longer had a leader to follow. He had died and caused them to reconsider that decision they had made just three years before to follow Jesus.

Hope gone. For the moment Satan has won.

The Light of the world has been snuffed out and has left this world.

Remember Sunday is coming!!


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