Good Friday: When Darkness Reigned

good_friday_posterThe passage that haunted me all week: “But this is your hour—when darkness reigns” (Luke 22:53).  I knew going into this sermon I could do no joking around because there is nothing funny about anything that happened when the darkness took over.  I decided to begin the sermon without introduction, just read the scripture and start working my way through the darkest day of Jesus’ life. I thought the video we showed of the Jesus Painter captured well the somber occasion.  (If you missed it you can watch it by clicking this link: The Last Painting.)

Thank God he has shown us that just because our Lower Story life might be full of sin, pain and sorrow his Upper Story plan has broken into the darkness!  Because of the work God did through Jesus on the cross we now have hope.  Thank you Jesus!  What a Savior!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    Thanks for stewarding the weight of this moment in the story. There are lots of things I would like to connect with “reign” and darkness is not one of them.

    What struck me in the reading, and confirmed in the video, was how this moment demands a response from everyone to what we believe about who Jesus is (present tense on purpose). And, while it may be tempting to shake our heads in disappointment for how consistently poorly everyone in the story responded to Jesus (betrayal, denial, contempt, slander, mocking, and ultimately death)..the reality is we would likely not be much (if any) better in our response had we been there.

    There are times in our lives when we try to tell ourselves we will or will not respond to something serious (I will not cry) or humorous (I will not laugh)…and often are unable to resist the natural response. The natural response, once we fully understand who Jesus is–and there were some who understood it in the story, others will not until after the resurrection–the natural response, is to accept who he is and what he offers. Forgiveness. Grace. Salvation.

    May the Christ reign in our hearts, minds, and behavior.

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