Overcoming Darkness: Lessons from the Crucifixion

Luke 23:53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 

Dark days. Everyone has dark days. 

Days of extreme stress. 

Days of abandonment.

Days of verbal and emotional battery.

Days of mockery and humiliation.

Days of what may feel like a crucifixion.

Days of pain.

Days of death.

Jesus had one of those days. 

And like most of us when we have one of those days, He finished His day in a dark place. A place of nightmares. 

Perhaps you’ve been in a dark place too? Maybe you still are?

When most people go to a dark place they are confronted by demons and voices. Jesus faced them too. Except for Jesus, it wasn’t just ‘His’ demons, but all the demons in hell. Every. Single. Demon. Taunted and ridiculed Him with hideous slander and unthinkable perversion. 

The darkest of dark places.

But here is what the devil did not count on – what he never saw coming. 

He thought the darkness won. 

It didn’t. And it never will. 

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. 

Never. Extinguish. The Light. 

Jesus overcame darkness.

You can, too.

The Spirit was hovering

Genesis 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 

When Jesus descended into darkness, the devil didn’t bargain on Jesus rising from the grave. Satan thought the darkness conquered. But the Spirit of God was hovering – about to inflict the devil’s worst nightmare. God struck back with the most amazing victory – the resurrection of our Saviour. 

In your life, darkness will not win. Take heart that the Spirit hovers over your darkness, and out of it He can do anything (Ephesians 3:20).

God controls the darkness

Luke 23:44-45a By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone.

Darkness is a theme through the crucifixion of Christ, yet it was not the devil who controlled darkness. Even on a day when all hell broke loose and the devil was seemingly in complete control, God stopped the sunlight. 

Have faith in this: on the darkest of days, God is still in control. 

Darkness doesn’t intimidate God

Psalm 139:12 But even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 

We use the saying, “I went through hell,” but Jesus actually did, and He wasn’t intimidated. Not once.

Darkness is not intimidating, it is not overwhelming. God is not intimidated by your problem, your weakness, your darkness. He can and will break you out. Darkness does not intimidate Him. Don’t let it intimidate you. 

It was still dark, but the stone was rolled away

John 20:1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 

It was dark, yet Jesus was alive. It was dark, but Jesus had already won. Victory was achieved in darkness.
The breakthrough has come, you just can’t see it. Victory is here, over the horizon. Wait for the sunrise. Wait for Light to break. You no longer sit in darkness. Life has seen a great light (Matthew 4:16). Your life. His Light. Has burst on you.

Now.

No more darkness.

Ever.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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