‘Tis mystery all…

…The immortal dies

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This blog is from 29 March 2013

Charles Wesley’s words hit on the significance if the crucifixion, God dies.

God, the immortal God, dies.
God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, dies.
God loves the world so much that he gives himself for it.
Creation itself reacts, the sun goes dark.

How amazing is our God.

Forty blogs of Lent

Day 39

Scriptural Way of the Cross

Station 13

Jesus Dies on the Cross

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. Luke 23: 44-46

The above translation of the Bible has got it wrong, there was no eclipse. The sun went dark but there was no eclipse, eclipses do not last for three hours, four minutes is a long time for totality in an eclipse. But the sun went dark for three hours.

The original Greek text of Luke’s Gospel, or the other Gospels do not mention an eclipse when the refer to the sun darkening.

And Jesus died at Passover, a full moon festival. At full moon the moon is at the opposite side of the earth to the sun, it could not have been an eclipse. The Old Testament law states that Passover takes place on the fourteenth day of the first month. Jewish months start at new moon which makes Passover a full moon festival.

But the sun still went dark. Creation cries out at the death of its creator.

And the veil in the temple is torn in two. The last barrier between God and man is destroyed.


(The bible passage was copied from Wikipedia, which states that it has a Creative Commons licence, but does not cite the translation.)

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