Station 13: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Luke 23:44-49 – 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
Luke emphasizes the darkness that is over the land. This isn’t simply that the sun has gone down, although that is the case, but it is that there is spiritual darkness. In Jesus dying, it is in a way symbolic that God has left the world. Knowing the full story, we know that God has never left, but that is the impression that is left for the onlookers as they see the one who claimed to be the “I Am” now being no more.
Close your eyes. Sit in the darkness for a few moments. What do you see? What do you feel? What is God saying to you?