Wednesday, April 26, 2017
APRIL 26 "THE HOUR WHEN DARKNESS REIGNS"
"But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” We know Jesus is physically speaking to the Roman Soldiers, but who is He really speaking to? Is He speaking to the demonic world, is He speaking to Satan himself who has been at him for quite some time....probably all of the above! This is the hour when darkness reigns. We sometimes sing this song in church "he's under my feet, he's under my feat, Satan is under by feat" I sing that song cautiously and not to braggadociously. Fact is, there are days, weeks, months when darkness does reign and Satan is not under our feet. It is not your triumphant hour! It can be a time of darkness, oppression, depression and very few victories to speak of other than you have not giving up your faith in Christ and you have not jumped off a bridge, but other than that, darkness reigns. This is your hour Satan, go a head and enjoy it (and Satan thoroughly enjoyed the inhuman scouring and beating of Jesus). However, remember this, for darkness' hour of reigning darkness/evil has since suffered centuries of defeat. Never was darkness more defeated than when Jesus died sinless and rose from the dead 72 hours later. And I believe that God will also honor our hours of darkness reigning over us; if we will not give up on Christ. I believe the recompense is incalculable compare to the suffering. For every hour that darkness reigns over us, God will recompense us many more in victory. What a miserable 48 hours Jesus endured, where darkness had its moment. The demons were exuberant with sadistic, uncontainable pleasure as they watched Jesus brutalized. Just recently watching "The Passion of Christ", the suffering that Jesus endured is freshly embedded in my memory, I was horrified at what was done to him in those 48 hours but I couldn't help think, 48hrs of the most excruciating pain and humiliation a human could ever endure, but for how many hours of victory as a form of recompense. We are in the year 2011, there are 8,736 hours in a year. It as been 1,978 years since Jesus Christ endured that agony but He has had victory over the devil, death, darkness and sin ever since!! For 48 hours of agony, God recompenses 17,279,808 hours (approx) of victory and continuing on into eternity. THE POINT, darkness will reign at times, whether it be for an hour, 48 hours, a week, a month or a year, but know this, if you endure, God will recompense you for every hour you endured when darkness reigned, but yet, you kept your Faith in him. Remember that, next time darkness reigns in your life, than when you come out, when you make it through, there will be an immeasurable amount of recompense and victory, that is coming your way!!!