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Discover the Book - Mar. 24, 2008

  • 2008 Mar 24
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Jesus Is the Light of the World

 

When Jesus was on the cross he performed several miracles. First, He reached up and touched the sun. He said he was the light of the world, so He REACHED UP and touched the Sun John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. (KJV)

 

On the 4th day of Creation week the Sun was born from the hand of its Creator. The thermonuclear furnace at its core was lit as He flung it off into space to warm and light the planet upon which He was going to create man in His own image.

 

For 12,235 days during His earthly life that Sun had shined down upon its Maker. It has seen Him turn water into wine, raise a dead little girl to life, feed thousands on grassy hillsides. It has seen Him heal and restore ruined lives deformed bodies and sightless eyes.But now it looks down to see Man murdering its Maker.

 

The Sun is 864,000 miles in diameter, it contains 835 QUADRILLION CUBIC MILES of intensely hot gasses; 2 OCTILLION Tons; at its core hydrogen is fused into helium and thermonuclear energy at 25 MILLION DEGREES Fahrenheit. How hot is that? Well, a piece of the Sun[1] the size of a cheerio that was in Oklahoma City -- would kill you here in your seat this morning because of the heat radiating from it! And He just reached up and [snap] snuffed it out like a birthday candle.

 

Now wasn’t that a mighty miracle for Christ from the weakness and pain of the Cross He reaches up and just flicked it off? How did He do that? We don’t know. It wasn’t an eclipse they only last 7 minutes at most and the moon at passover is no where near ecliping areas. No other explanation than He touched the Sun, A MIGHTY MIRACLE OF CALVARY!

 

  1. The darkness was overwhelming and unexpected for those at the cross. It was like Abraham experienced great darkness in Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. (KJV)
  2. Egyptians felt the darkness in Exodus 10:21-23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness [which] may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. (KJV)

 

  1. In the coming seven year judgment there will be a darkness that can be felt Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, (KJV) This time of the Wrath of God is always described as a time of Darkness:
  2. Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: (KJV)
  3. Nahum 1:5-7 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. 7 The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (KJV)
  4. Zephaniah 1:15-18 That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. (KJV)

 

But this darkness was part of the plan.

 

ü      In Genesis the First thing Jesus did at Creation was to “Let there be Light” - The Work of Creation was done in the LIGHT. But from the Cross He reached up and snuffed out the Light, because the work of Redemption was so horribly costly it had to be done in the Dark. God let no one see the turning of His back upon the Son! As Christ cried Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (KJV)

ü      The crowds had heard the Sadducees and Pharisees when they called for a sign Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away. (NIV)

ü      He had said to His critics in John 8:12-13 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. (KJV) But how true it was now. The darkness that comes when the Light of the world is gone!

 

The songwriter said:

 

Well might the sun in darkness hide,

and shut her glories in;

When Christ the mighty Maker died,

for man the creatures sin.

 

At His birth He put a new star in the sky; at His death He snuffed out of the sky our brightest star. What a mighty miracle, what a sign to mankind that they were murdering their Maker. So He reached up and touched the Sun.

 

 

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[1] Our Amazing World of Nature, Readers Digest Books, 1969, pp.261-63.

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