Good Friday: On the Cross

Darkness in the Land

According to Jewish custom, a new day began at 6:00am. So when we read that Jesus was crucified at the third hour, this is understood to be at 9:00 a.m. So for three hours He hung in the morning sunlight; but then at the sixth hour, at Noon, darkness spread over the land.

The prophet Amos, 700 years before, prophesied this:

"And on that day," declares the Lord God, I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. (Amos 8:9-10)

...Darkness at noon and the mourning for an only son.

Just like in Egypt at the time of Moses, the plague of darkness preceded the final plague: death of the firstborn son. This time, however, it is God's Only Son. Jesus' death occurs on the same day of the very plague that gave Israel the Feast of Passover: the blood of the Lamb has brought deliverance once again.

David Barrett