When the sun stops shining
Luke 23: 44-49
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
When the sun stops shining it has often let people in fear of what is happening. One famous day known as ‘The Dark Day’ took place on May 19th 1780 in New England, USA. To this day historians and scientists continue to argue as to why the sun stopped shining on that day. The region was deeply religious and so they believed that it was a fulfilment of an apocalyptic prophecy.
We are people of the light and we know the light shines in the darkness. But there are significant events that take place when the sun has stopped shining.
When the sun stops shining it heralds anew promise from God that He makes with us (Genesis 15:12-17): “As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him… When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.”
When the sun stops shining the lamb is sacrificed for the Passover meal. (Deuteronomy 16:6) “There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversary of your departure from Egypt.”
When the sun stops shining, judgment falls on those who have not walked with God, (2 Chronicles 18:34) “All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died.”
Has the sun stopped shining on you today? Is that how you describe what has just happened to you? Well just wait … it may mark the most significant event of your life.
It could be the start of a new PROMISE from your God.
It could be Christ’s sacrifice is seen clearly in you.
It could be the day of vengeance of your God.
There will come a day again when the sun will stop shining and on that day we will be start our journey home. (Joel 2:31) “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” And (Amos 8: 9) “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.” Why? Because He will make all things new again.
As Jesus breathed his last, committing his spirit to the Father, he had completed the plan of salvation. It was seismic and the sun stopped shining.
Today you may wake and your circumstances are such that God has stopped the sun from shining over your life. If that has happened then your God is doing something seismic. Wait for Him. He hasn’t finished yet. The Son will come.