I write this blog on Friday, at noon - 12:36 to be precise.
This day gives us one of the opportunities we have to see the Bible on a clock...a precise time recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. "And when the sixth hour (our noontime) was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour."
In the darkness, Jesus is hanging, crucified, darkness on the cross. After three hours the heart-stopping silence would be broken with His cry - in a loud voice - "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabach-thani?" which is, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
And the darkness must have grown darker still.
Physical horror is now blackened by human anguish.
This is the last energy of One almost dead...Why...?
From a throat graveled by thirst. From a strong body, now gasping for any life.
This, from the Lord and giver of Life!
Scrambled on a cross, our sins emptied upon Him, and having experiencing hours of the most excruciating form of pain ever known.
He is writing this in bold: death often must come before life. It is a pivotal Kingdom truth-reversal.
It is what is "sown into the ground" that springs up.
Death is a must...so that transforming life can be an expectation.
So, once again today, we enter into the Easter weekend.
The celebrations of Sunday will electrify the globe.
But may they be authenticated in us by the heart-transforming realities of His death.