Summary: At noon something both extremely disturbing and awe inspiring took place…darkness covered the land, like a blanket.
INTRO: 1. I want to draw your attention to an oft overlooked event that took place at Calvary.
2. Jesus had already, in broad daylight, hung upon that cross for three hours—from 9 in the morning to noon.
a. There can be no doubt of his crucifixion, countless witnesses testify to that fact.
3. But at noon something both extremely disturbing and awe inspiring took place…darkness covered the land, like a blanket.
a. This was no ordinary event, not merely an overcast day, or storm clouds moving in.
b. Such a unforgettable darkness that it is specifically mentioned by three out of the four gospel accounts.
4. This darkness was unique in it’s intensity.
a. In all three gospel accounts, they all use the same greek word for this “darkness.”
b. ‘Skotos’ is derived from the greek word ‘ska’ which means ‘to cover.’ It literally means the exact opposite of light. The absence of light. Total darkness.
c. Darkness literally fell upon them, leaving them in pitch black…had it not been for the torches that they stumbled around to light there would be no light.
d. The Lord they had mocked and scorned and watched upon that cross was now hidden by the darkness from their eyes.
5. This darkness was unique in it’s timing.
a. It descended at the brightest point of the day… high noon.
ILL. As Spurgeon said… “It was midnight at midday.”
b. In the middle of an ordinary day—the city was plunged into darkness.
6. This darkness was unique in it’s duration.
a. This was not a passing cloud blown in by the wind.
b. Three hours this darkness blotted out the sun.
c. No doubt terror struck the hearts of those ancient peoples who wondered if because of what they did to this Messiah would have forever left them in darkness.
d. Luke in his account says…
Luke 23:48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
e. It was a truly a disturbing even tormenting darkness.
7. This darkness was unique in it’s Scope.
a. Luke points out that this darkness was “over all the earth.”
b. Remember this was passover, when the moon was full…a time of year that eclipses couldn’t happen.
c. This was more than a natural darkness, but a supernatural one.
d. Foreign nations ran confused in this darkness…they would never forget this day.
e. For the first time since God declared “Let there be light” the entire world was engrossed in darkness.
8. We need to realize as they did that this darkness was unique in it’s significance.
a. It was clear to many that day that this darkness didn’t come by happenstance.
b. It was clearly the result of who they had hanging on that center cross.
c. No doubt many in the land that had little time to consider what was being done outside of Jerusalem’s walls, but no matter what they where doing before in the darkness they paused & realized something significant was taking place.