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It’s Darkest Before Dawn.

Key Verse

“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost” (Mark 15:33,37).

TEXT — Mark 15:24-38


Generally, people do not regard death as a pleasant thing. It remains a cause of fear, especially for those who do not know the Lord because it signifies the beginning of eternity. If men were to secure a blissful eternity, it will take a special death by a special offering to appease God’s wrath for mankind’s sin. If ever there was a good death, here is it. Interestingly, today is widely called Good Friday.

Christ’s death on the cross at Calvary came with such intensity that the Lord Himself was shaken by it. The enemy threw everything at Him to dissuade Him from dying on the cross and leave mankind bound to sin. The Jewish leaders and Romans who could not find Him guilty still needed to write an accusation on His cross; so, they ended up with a curious charge: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Three hours on the cross, darkness descended on the earth, but His detractors were not impressed. The greatest sorrow came six hours on the cross when God turned His back on Him. He died shortly afterward. At that moment, the heavy curtain in the temple was split in two, creating a free entrance into the holy place for the first time ever.

Jesus experienced and endured the most intense shame and suffering for us. For the first time in eternity, He lost, momentarily, the fellowship of God. He shed His own blood to pay the penalty for our sins, grant us access to God, and reconcile us to the Father. Today, believers should rejoice and appreciate Christ for what He did for us while sinners should promptly confess their sins and accept His sacrifice for them.

Thought for the day

The darkness of the cross of Christ ushered in the sunrise of our redemption.
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About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


  1. Thanks for the prayers, feed me with word of God.may the lord uphold you to the end

  2. May the power of his death always keep us from falling. Christ has died, so we continue to leave in victory as long as we continue in his words. Amen.

  3. Good morning Brethren,
    Pls take note that text for the day is Mark 15 : 24 – 38 and NOT 34 – 38 as stated here Thanks
    You’re appreciated for all that you do.

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