by Daniel Rodgers

Darkness over the Land
Dan Rodgers
Mark 15:16-39
Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004


Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you, this was the darkest day in history. On this day the Son of God was on trial--not for His sins (for He had none), but for your sins and for mine. Hebrews 9:28a, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many..."

There Jesus hung, suspended between heaven and earth, appearing before the judgment bar of God. The Judge was God the Father. The crime was sin. The verdict was "guilty as charged" (even though He had never sinned).

Have you ever let your mind dwell on that for a moment--the Son of God, taking your sin on Himself...allowing Himself to be judged in your place? When we think about it for a moment, it is staggering--it is beyond comprehension. The question is; Why? Why did He do it? We'll ask Him that question some day.

QUOTE: Dr. Harry Ironeside, the famous pastor of Moody Bible Church, said, "No finite mind can fathom the depths of woe and anguish into which the soul of Jesus sank when that dread darkness spread over all the scene." It was a symbol of the spiritual darkness into which He went as the Man Christ Jesus was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

This morning I would like to give you three points to my outline...

I. The Darkness of Our Sin
II. The Darkness of His Suffering
III. The Darkness of God's Sentence


** The darkness of our sin was reflected on that day.

God hates sin--any sin--the slightest sin. If you want to know what God thinks of sin, take a look at Calvary. The crucifixion of Christ reflects the darkness and degradation of man's sin. Thank God for the song, "Calvary Covers It All."

We are sometimes so caviler when it comes to sin. We, as Christians, tend to categorize or compartmentalize certain sins. Most of our sins, we consider to be petty--you know the ones. They are shad ...

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