Monday, March 18, 2019

From Darkness to Light

Matthew 27:45, "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabach-thani?' that is, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'" 

From noon to three on the day of our Savior's death, darkness covered all of Judea. We don't know how this darkness occurred, but it is clear that God caused it, and it's clear that it was more than just a natural darkness - it was a physical and spiritual darkness. This isn't in the Bible, but if you take a moment to imagine, I'm sure you can see the darkness descending and all of Judea going still. No birds chirping, no dogs barking - all of nature silently testifying to the gravity of Jesus' death. 

"It is finished." With those three words, our Lord gave up the ghost. The veil was torn from top to bottom, the earth shook, the rocks broke, the saints rose from their tombs, and the whole region knew that something significant had occurred.

Matthew 28: 1-6, "Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb..... But the angel said to the women, 'do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.'"

On the dawning of the third day, Mary Magdalene and Mary went to the tomb and encountered an angel who gave them the greatest news of all time. "He is not here, for he is risen, just as he said." The darkness was not the end, it was only the beginning! Jesus' resurrection ushered in the hope of light and life for all who believe on Him. Praise God!

I designed this two-page spread to illustrate the transition from darkness to light and life in Jesus. I used the He is Risen and the Bitty Minnie clear stamp sets and Distress Inks and Oxides to create this page. I stamped the images first and then blended the Distress Inks Oxides around the stamped areas. I used crayons to color in the tomb and colored pencils to add more color to the He is Risen letters, as well as a white gel pen to add some dimension around the letters. I stamped the word 'alive' from the He is Risen set on to a tab and added some washi tape and stickers to finish out the page. 

My friends, I pray you take a moment today to reflect on the the light and life found in Jesus. 💚

Love in Christ, 


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