DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 7 April 2023:
Key Verse: “And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.” – (Mark 15:33,37)
TEXT: Mark 15:24-38
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Generally, people do not regard death as a pleasant thing. It remains a cause of fear especially for those who do not know the Lord, because it signifies the beginning of eternity. If men were to secure a blissful eternity, it will take a special death by a special offering to appease God’s wrath for mankind’s sin. If ever there was a good death, here is it. Interestingly, today is widely called Good Friday.
Christ’s death on the cross at Calvary came with such intensity that the Lord Himself was shaken by it. The enemy threw everything at Him to dissuade Him from dying on the cross and leave mankind bound to sin. The Jewish leaders and Romans who could not find Him guilty still needed to write an accusation on His cross; so, they ended up with a curious charge: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Three hours on the cross, darkness descended on the earth, but His detractors were not impressed. The greatest sorrow came six hours on the cross when God turned His back on Him. He died shortly afterwards. At that moment, the heavy curtain in the temple was split in two, creating a free entrance into the holy place for the first time ever.
Jesus experienced and endured the most intense shame and suffering for us. For the first time in eternity, He lost, momentarily, the fellowship of God. He shed His own blood to pay the penalty for our sin, grant us access to God and reconcile us to the Father. Today, believers should rejoice and appreciate Christ for what He did for us while sinners should promptly confess their sins and accept His sacrifice for them.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The darkness of the cross of Christ ushered in the sunrise of our redemption.
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – It’s Darkest Before Dawn – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 7 April 2023